log riding festival

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Behold! What is possibly the OLDEST shrine in all of Japan - the Suwa Grand Shrine in Suwa, Shimosuwa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan! The trees here are directly connected to the oldest, most elder Shinto Kami and includes a Honden (residence of Kami) in the center!! This is a shrine of strength, and every six years the locals hold Onbashira, a log riding festival down the mountain ⛩🏔in honor of the ancient Kami. More details to follow in the next post, so stay tuned … ⛩💪🏻🌲