Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mikoshi Parade

A few hours after the children had their Mikoshi parade, the adults set up to march around Susukino. These mikoshi (portable shines) were gold-plated and can weigh up to a ton! Crazy. A few dozen people carry this thing on their shoulders while sweating and systematically switching out people to help with the load. It's pretty crazy to watch - take a look at the video I took...

Also, please take note that in Japan during the festival season the men take the "hot pant" fashion to an entirely new level!

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