When I was a child, I learned about the “Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri” which occurred to be a very dangerous, life or death event.
I never understood what drove those men to take part in such a dangerous festival, going out of their way to take such a risk.
Now I gave my second thoughts after watching the scene again.
The men run through cross sections and S-shaped roads at breakneck speeds. The scenes of the powerful spear turning called Yarimawashi give you impressions that it is not a mere festival, but an extreme sports.
The men’s passion towards this festival is simply overwhelming. T
he way those brave and beautiful men fight during each moment of the festival with no fear of the dangers is nothing but admirable.