May 8, 2012

Mikoshi (mini shrine)

People carry Mikoshi (portable shrine) for Shinto gods
through the streets of their community.

The young women carry Mikoshi (portable shrine) on their shoulder recently.

The miniature shrine is very heavy. So they carry in turns.
The break is necessary sometimes.

Japanese drums and flutes enliven a festival.

Children scoop goldfish with a thin paper scoop.

After carrying Mikoshi they drink Japanese Sake and beer.