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October 23, 2017

Riding the Big Tree Onbashira Festival

Riding the tree is a part of Japanese culture that has been practiced from a long time in Onbashira .

It looks scary and dangerous but it is still practiced in certain parts of China. Thousands of people come to witness this sport as it is not practiced anywhere else in the world in this scale.

It involved a large single tree on which men will seat themselves and then it is made to slide down a slope. A lot of men fall off it during the process. It is held by ropes that are controlled by people standing on the sides. Preparing the tree and keeping it in place in itself seems to be a herculean task as it weighs 12 tons. You can see that the people on the log are full of concentration and quite naturally a lot of fear as one roll of the tree will have them crushed.

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