Head of Sammy the Dragon
This is one of the early versions of Sammy the Dragon, who has been the mascot of the Shinju Matsuri Festival since its inception in 1980. Sammy, like all Chinese dragons, is thought to bring good luck to community and every year he is awoken to perform his dance and lead the annual parade. At the end of the festival he returns to sleep in his cabinet, ready for next years’ outing. ‘Sammy’ continues to awaken the festival each year around August-September.