Celebrating New Year By Tallest “Kadomatsu”
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20171226/k10011272571000.html (including the top photo)
While preparing for the New Year everywhere in Japan, a huge Kadomatsu with a height of 20.18 meters came out in Seiyo City in Ehime prefecture as the year 2018 is coming near.
The Kadomatsu which was built in the nakasuji ground in Nomura-cho is 20.18 meters tall and a base diameter is 3.5 meters, and is made of 180 bamboos, cedars and pines cut out from nearby mountains.
People will hang emas or votive tablets on the rope tied around Kadomatsu. Ema is a votive offering and literally “picture of horse”. Originally people donated a living horse to Shinto shrine and later people donated a picture of a horse.
About 300 people living in this area completed this Kadomatsu for 2 months.
First of all, I will explain Kadomatsu to foreigners.
It is a decoration using two pairs of pine and bamboo which are built in front of the house in the New Year.
The literal meaning is pine gates, but it looks like a processed bamboo tree.
In ancient days, it was thought that God would stay in a tree, so it would be meaningful for Kadomatsu to welcome God at home and pray for healthy and happy living through the year. I think that kadomatsu is one of indispensable Japan’s New Year’s features.
It is decorated roughly from after Christmas to January 7th.
Normally it is about 2 meters tall, so this Kadomatsu has about 10 times taller than the normal height.
It seems that this will bring us a lot of happiness.
Originally written on Dec.31, 2017
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