14Every July, during Osaka's splashy Tenjin Matsuri Festival, brightly festooned boats of many kinds play eye-catching roles in lively celebrations and processions on the river and along its banks, parading elaborate portable shrines housing Shinto deities, while others carry Noh and Bunraku puppets performing for the enjoyment of landside onlookers. At left is a dondoko, a boat agilely manned by bold, costumed young sailors masterfully rowing their vessel up and down the river between other boats in what is a showy, floating convoy. The parade on the Okawa River culminates at night with an electrifying display of fireworks.O-MATSURIJAPAN'S VIBRANT PALATE OF MERRYMAKINGFESTIVITIES

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