The Kantou Matsuri is a festival held in Akita, Japan, where people from all over Japan gather to watch a multitude of teams lift up and balance Japanese lanterns on single bamboo poles. Within a team, one member will pass the bamboo pole to the next member, while continuing to balance the pole. Many lower the pole down to their hips or up to their forehead. These lanterns can weigh up to 60kg! Members who do not balance the lanterns take turns beating traditional Japanese drums and playing flutes. A voice on the loud speakers lets everyone know when to stop and move to their next audience standing along the side of the street.