Challengers of Sagicho Festival

The Sagicho Festival in Japan.

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Sagicho Fire Festival, one of the three most dangerous festivals in Japan. 13 Districts in Omi-Hachiman participate in their annual event, spending months building their huge, heavy floats and then, over one weekend, parade them, bludgeon other teams with them, and, finally, destroy them.

Sagicho Festival was also the event that brought three keen amateur travel journalists together to make our first travel documentary. We interviewed a local underdog team, District 10, and got unwisely close to the massive moving floats, and slightly singed on the night of the festival.

Working on this project has been an amazing learning experience. Learning how our different styles work together, how to use the editing software, (learning not to hate the editing software), mixing audio and finally getting it all to hang together. It’s worth it though. It’s ridiculous how good it feels to look at a completed product and think: We made…

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