sexta-feira, 2 de março de 2007

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu

The shi-shi-mai dance; someone inside the big lion's head goes around to visitors at the shrine. They approach a visitor, who then bows their head. The lion's head opens, and touches the visitor's head for a few moments, then the dancer pulls away, bobs up and down and claps the jaws a few times. This is supposed to frighten away the evil spirits about you. It also scares the heck out of half the kids at the shrine, some who go running and screaming

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