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Gion Festival yoiyoiyama (Kyoto Japan)
Toro-yama float
"Toro" means mantis and there literally is a figure of a mantis on the float's roof, and its humorous movements are really loved by children. The float is based on a Chinese proverb, "Hatchets of a mantis", meaning a weak man standing up against a powerful enemy. The origin of the proverb is derived from an ancient Chinese tycoon who praised the courage of a mantis trying to fight against him.
Photo Jul.15.2011

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