Flickr Pic #39: [春日部夏休み] Mikoshi Details
[春日部夏休み] Mikoshi Details
Originally uploaded by scion_cho
Japanese religious festivals (aka 'matsuri') are usually based on Shinto, and one of the main events during a matsuri is the carrying of Mikoshi(s). As defined from wiki: "A Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine that serves as a vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan. During a Matsuri(festival), these Mikoshis are carried over the shoulders by a group of people with the use of poles."
Mikoshi carrying somewhat looks like the bayanihan imagery of Filipinos, however, with an added twist of fun and competition. Several groups participate and carry their own portable shrines (Mikoshi). Throughout the course, they carry the Mikoshi and swing/sway it so that the little bells inside would chime. They say the rowdiest and most fun group wins.
Taken on July 13, 2008
Location: Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
See Flickr post #38 (click link here)
posted by ScIoN 5:46 PM