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Name
Straw Rice-bag Lifting Competition
Address
Shimokarakawa, Anamizu Town
Category
Festival
Class
Custom
Age
17th century~19th century
Comment
This is a traditional event held in October in Shimokarakawa, Anamizu Town, which boasts beautiful landscapes of terraced rice fields. Strong men and children wearing ropes around their waists to prevent slippage compete in lifting straw bags of newly harvested rice weighing 45 to 90 kilograms. The origin of this event dates back to the Edo period, when the district was governed by the shogun, and people suffered from heavy taxation. Rice was cultivated in hidden fields, and when the harvest was over, men competed in lifting straw bags of rice from the hidden fields, ate their fill of rice, and gave thanks for the harvest.
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