The Doronko Matsuri, or “mud festival,” is at risk of being lost forever. Photo: Handout
The Doronko Matsuri, or “mud festival,” is at risk of being lost forever. Photo: Handout
Japan

In Japan’s dying countryside, ancient festivals struggle to live

Shrinking rural communities have put the future of many traditional celebrations in doubt

The Doronko Matsuri, or “mud festival,” is at risk of being lost forever. Photo: Handout
The Doronko Matsuri, or “mud festival,” is at risk of being lost forever. Photo: Handout
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