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Sanja Matsuri’s Power Ladies and Kids 浅草三社祭之妇孺篇

The heavy lifting is not exclusive for men during Sanja Masturi festival at Asakusa, Tokyo.

妇孺不让猛男独美.

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Ladies and children joined the adult men to take on the very heavy mikoshi (portable shrine).

小孩子们也参与浅草三社祭的巡遊。

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It is a whole day event, so it takes lots of courage and stamina to walk 10KM+ from their community to the shrine (2 ways). The picture below shown kids were too tire and need a rest on before continuing the journey.

小孩们在半途稍作休息。

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The afternoon sun was very strong and the shades of the building create very wide dynamic range for photography. It indicated the extreme heat that the participants have to bear besides the heavy float.

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The procession started on high noon. The hot sun turned many (including us) into cooked lobsters.

中午的猛烈太阳把大家都晒成咸鱼干。

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People of all ages were joining the festival.

家家户户都倾城而出。

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It is the perfect festival to see traditional costumes.

我们很开心可以见到许多人穿上日本传统服装。

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Japanese kids were trained to be independent at tender age. We saw many kids at age less than 5 walking to school and taking metro train alone.

日本小孩至小就被养成独立的能力.

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The adults were actually keeping close eyes and protective care of their children during the festival. Some put up a human chain throughout the procession to avoid any injuries.

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The ladies also showing no weakness in performing the task.

巾帼不让须眉, 何止能顶半边天!

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These kids will soon growing up to be next generation of versatile Japanese.

小孩子们 – 给力!

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