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VOX POPULI: Buns in Nagasaki keep memories alive of disaster for 160 years

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20.09.2021

What would you do to convey a deeply sad reality in front of your eyes to future generations?

How should people hand down lessons from painful experiences so that their children and grandchildren will not suffer from the same misfortune?

In July, I visited a community in Nagasaki’s Sanzengochi district, where a mudslide killed 33 residents during the Edo Period (1603-1867).

I heard people there have been holding an unusual event for more than 160 years to pass down the tragedy.

Around 30 families who live in the mountainous area give “manju” steamed buns to each other once every year.........

© The Asahi Shimbun


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