Festival participants balance lighted paper lanterns Kanto matsuri (festival), Akita Japan

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Festival participants balance lighted paper lanterns Kanto matsuri (festival), Akita Japan
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Festival participants balance lighted paper lanterns during the annual Kanto matsuri (festival), Akita city, Akita Prefecture, Japan. The 46 candle-lit lanterns hung on a bamboo frame weigh about 50 kg, and rise 12 meters into the air. The performers balance them on hands, shoulders, forehead, back, and hips, to the musical accompaniment of Japanese style drums and flutes. The festival, which celebrates the prospect of an abundant rice harvest, is one of the top three summer festivals of the Tohoku region.
Location: Akita Japan