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Musicians perform inside the massive wagons during the Colliding Float Festival in Kakunodate, Japan. Each of the 15 massive five-ton wooden wagons, decorated to look like a sacred mountain, are pushed and pulled throughout the narrow streets of this samauri town. When meeting one another in opposite directions, a negotiation team is sent out to haggle over right of way. If this fails, the wagons are then crashed into one another. The Colliding Float Festival dates back to the 18th century when residents in this small farming village held a three-day festival in September to honor the gods for a bountiful harvest. (Jim Bryant Photo).....