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Preserving tradition in Fukushima

January 4, 2015

Fukushima ladder-top acrobatics



Jan. 4, 2016 - Updated 08:06 UTC+1

Traditional ladder-top stunts have entertained visitors at a shrine in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Youths including construction workers took turns performing acrobatic stunts atop a 6-meter ladder on Monday, the first working day of the year.

The New Year's ritual has been held annually at the shrine to pray for good health and safety at work.

Since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, the event has also been held to pray for recovery.

The shrine is located in an evacuation zone established after the nuclear accident. Residents can stay temporarily in the zone.

The Minamisoma municipal office is hoping the evacuation order will be lifted in April.

One performer said he wants to join this local traditional event again with hopes the area quickly recovers.


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