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Niwatori Boko (鶏鉾)

It's lovely, the chicken-hoko, shining there in the darkness.....

 

Niwatori Boko, dedicated to yet another Chinese legend of the Emperor Yao, who encouraged citizens to participate in governance by offering them a drum to beat whenever they had a complaint, and told them to write down their ideas on a wooden post. His rule was so peaceful that roosters (niwatori) ended up living in the drum.

 

Or it could be from a Japanese story of Amaterasu and singing birds that would never die. Take your pick.

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Taken on July 13, 2006