@The membership is 800 active members and associate membersCwhose merit is
gjustice,humanity and strained enduranceh in a good sense so|caned the fireman|
They have the Japanese|like characteristics of Japanese to worship ancestorsC
pay respect to superiors and honor the old tradition and conventional practices.
Some of the main item of traditional culture that the Edo Firemanship Preservation
Association has inherited from the Edo fire service are introduced here.
In the Edo period whenever there was a fire, company standards responded.
Under a company standard firemen devoted all their energies in fighting
a fireimostly firefighting by destruction).Then a company standard was
such a symbol of the Edofire service that people said it extinguished a
@It is said that the company standard originated in the 15th centuryCwhen
it was the symbol of a commanderfs force at the scene of war.
Also it is said that after the birth of the town fire brigades in 1719,
it was introduced in the fire service as the company standard.
Matoi consists of a body called gtobanh and gbarenh or flaps hanging
down from it that are made of paper or leather.
The standard is about 2.4 meters high and weighs about 20 Kg.
In order to be recognized of its existenceC a fireman from each fire company stood
its standard an top the roof of a house on fire. Other members or the company had to
fight fire desperately in order to prevent the standard from getting burnt.
It was a shame for the standard bearer to let go his hold of it even in burning names.
It was rather his long|cherished desire lo die together with the standard.
Even today the standard is the symbol of each companyC which holds it in trust
carefully as something to go by.
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