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The Kebesu Festival is a major fall festival held at Iwakura Shrine each year. At this unusual festival, participants are liberally subjected to the sparks from leaping flames. Shrine guardians clad in white playfully chase onlookers with boughs of burning leaves. The shrieks of women and children alike echo across the night sky, bringing the festival to its peak of excitement. The glint of the sacred flames lights up onlookers’ faces as they gaze in awe at these subtly enchanting proceedings. It is said that those upon whom a spark alights will enjoy sound health for years to come. There are no records of the festival’s origin nor on the etymology of the strange word “Kebesu” — everything about this rite remains a mystery.

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Letters from Japan: “Ghosted in Portugal”

Ghosted in Portugal Ask Hilary

Hi Hilary,

I’m writing from Portugal and I was in a relationship with a Japanese guy. But before I talk about my story, I want to give you some context [summarized]:

Seven years ago, my ex-boyfriend came to Portugal to marry a girl that he had only known for 15 days. They didn’t really have a marriage—he wanted a Portuguese visa basically. I met him five years ago and we became friends; during that time they got divorced and we developed feelings for each other.

After dating for a month he wanted to move in with me, but I told him I wanted to wait until we had a stronger relationship. We made plans for the future (marriage, kids) and traveled together. Suddenly during this trip, he said we were moving too fast, but that he still loved me. After we returned to Portugal (dating for 6 months), he disappeared, then messaged me asking for some time alone.

I found out he was meeting up with his ex-wife, and other female friends. I asked him to explain, and he asked for a month to himself; I asked about the future of our relationship and he never gave me a clear answer. It felt like he wanted me to break up with him. After a few days, he was messaging me like nothing had happened. This pattern continued until I called him out, telling him how he was the one that started the serious future discussions, and he said that he never wanted a girlfriend in the first place. After the fact, I learned he’d been dating eight other women including his ex-wife, and all the relationships had the same pattern—gets serious fast, then fizzles out into nothing, while he dates other women at the same time.

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Tokyo Woman’s Christian University 2019

November 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), 2019 Tokyo Women’s University 66th VERA Festival

This year’s theme is “Beginning”
With the theme of taking a further step this year, we
have prepared a number of plans for all executive committee members!
Various stage plans such
as miscon, hair arrangements, aroma craft creations unique to girls’ colleges, mini-games, flea markets, Yuki Furukawa’s talk show, and other events that many people can enjoy! You can eat delicious food!
In addition, products that collaborate with local shopping streets, as well as collaboration goods from Hello Kitty and the official character “VERABE” of the VERA festival will be on sale! Both are limited to VERA Festival! ❤
We also have a cafe where you can consult with current students for students!
All executive committee members are looking forward to your visit!

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Kishiwada Danjiri festival (September festival) 2019

The Danjiri Float Festival is said to have its origin in Inari-Sai (Festival of the Grain God), which had been held to pray for a rich harvest of grain by Load Nagayasu Okabe, the then feudal lord of Kishiwada Castle during the Genroku Era (1688 – 1704). On those days the castle gate was opened to the public and the townspeople pull Danjiri into the castle ground to show various performances to the Lord.
Later, this festival became the whole events for three villages called SANGO, that is, for merchants, farmers and fishermen. It was really the great for a number of townspeople and greatly supported by them.
Int he old days, “Kishiwada Kentka Maturi” (The Fighting Festival) became the festival’s unofficial name as the exitement turned to competition, and each Danjiri raced and sometimes collided and crashed.
Danjiri Matsuri, whose tradition more than 300 years is the very pride of Kishiwada townspeople, is held on Saturday and Sunday, previous days of Respect for the Aged Day (Monday) of every year with 34 Danjiris playing a soul-stirring and heroic show in the castle town. Today in Japan, we can’t find out similar festivals which are so traditional and cultural as the scale seen in Kishiwada Festival that is excellently managed under orderly control.

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