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Okuri Hyōshigi – The Fire-Patrol Ghost of Hongo

In my December 20 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about yomawari 夜回り – — neighborhood fire patrols in which wooden sticks called hyōshigi 拍子木 are clapped together to warn residents to be careful of fire. If you look closely at … Continue reading

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