Onbashira Festival in Japan
 
 
 The Onbashira Festival has been held every six years for 1,200 years when the shrine's buildings of Suwa Taisha are rebuilt at Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture, in the Chubu region of Japan. It last took place in 1998 and will next take place in 2004. The climax of the festival consists of the Kiotoshi (young men ride the logs as they slide down a steep slope) and the Tate Onbashira (later as they are raised as pillars). The Tate Onbashira is particularly well-known because it was presented at the opening ceremony of the Nagano Olympics in 1998. The Onbashira Festival is also known as one of Japan's big three fanciful festivals.