Bamboo-cutting rite at Kurama Temple
NHK -- Jun 21
Local people in the ancient city of Kyoto have cut bamboo stalks with swords at a Buddhist temple, in a traditional rite to pray for a good harvest.

The tradition at Kurama Temple is more than 1000 years old and is based on the legend that a Buddhist monk killed a large snake that tried to attack him.

Source: NHK
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