15 of the Most Dangerous Festivals Around the World
Onbashira Festival, Japan
Over 1,000-year-old and held once every six years, the Onbashira Festival in held in Japan’s Suwa region in April and May. The purpose of the festival is to symbolically renew the Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shrine.
The festival requires people to roll down huge heavy logs down a mountain slope to the shrine. During the journey, men ride on the logs while they slide down the steep mountainside.
Many deaths have been reported over the years during transporting and erecting the heavy logs, the latest being two deaths in 2010.