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Roaring tiger graces Hachinohe shrine
12:15 JST, December 31, 2021
HACHINOHE, Aomori — After the summer festival parade was canceled, a float of a roaring tiger was made to welcome worshippers visiting Ogami Shrine to ring in the New Year.
The 3-meter-long tiger, the Chinese zodiac animal for 2022, took about two months to complete by a local group of float creators in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture.
Ogami Shrine is one of the city’s major shrines that hold a festival parade of floats in the summer. Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the parades in 2021 were cancelled for the second year in a row.
“It had been awhile since we made a float, so it was fun,” one of the creators said. “It was completed with a prayer for a quick containment of the virus.”
The float will be on display until Jan. 8.
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