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Kidō Cover, February 1991


The covers of Kido magazine were always beautiful and unique and conveyed the essence of Japanese tradition. Within the magazine an explanatory note about the scene was always given. The February 1991 cover featured a ceremony held to pray for abundant crops.

Here is the explanation of the cover offered by the artist, Yamamoto Seiyū:


Starting on February 17, for four days a festival is held at the Shiragi Jinja Shrine in Hachinohe [Aomori Prefecture] to pray for a bountiful growing season. The word “enburi” comes from the form of handles of farm tools. Wearing a hat representing a horse, the master of ceremonies whirls around dancing to the rhythm of chanting.


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