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Old 16-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #105
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Some historical linguists presume that all languages go back to a single common ancestor. Therefore, a pair of words whose earlier forms are distinct, yet similar, as far back as they have been traced, could in theory have come from a common root in an even earlier language, making them real cognates.

The Gion/ Festival (祇園祭 Gion Matsuri?) takes place annually in Kyoto and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It spans the entire month of July and is crowned by a parade, the Yamaboko Junkō (山鉾巡行?) on July 17. It takes its name from Kyoto's Gion district...

This festival also serves as an important setting in Yasunari Kawabata's novel, The Old Capital which he describes it along with the Festival of the Ages and the Aoi Festival as "the 'three great festivals' of the old capital.

This festival originated as part of a purification ritual (goryo-e) to appease the gods thought to cause fire, floods and earthquakes...

A mikoshi (神輿 or 御輿?) is a divine palanquin (often improperly translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing...

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