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Onbashira is huge tree trunks used as sacred pillars for the Shrines.
Tree trunks are brought from the forest. They are cut from 200-year-old Japanese fir trees.
In a climax of a festival, people sit on the onbashira and slide down a steep 30-40 degree slope that measures about 100m at tremendous speeds.
This is the most exciting spectacle of the festival at the risk of people's lives.
These enormous fir trees are about 17 meters in length, about 1 meter thick, and weigh up to 12 or 13 tons.
Each time this festival is held, several of the people who try to ride the Onbashira down the hill are either injured or killed, being crushed underneath the heavy trees.
Onbashira Festival was carried out before higher than 1200.
It was held once in seven years and known as one of Japan's big three fanciful festivals and attracted about 1.78 million people.
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