Photo of the Day: Duelling Mikoshi

DSC_0236I’ve posted a few photos from this festival already, one of some fancy tattoos and one of some bare bums. I thought it was finally time to post a photo of what actually happens at the festival.

Two mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines/divine palanquins), supported by local men and women, locked in “battle” in the ocean just off the Zaimokuza area of Yuigahama Beach.

The mikoshi are driven close together, then moved apart. This is repeated a number of times, with much shouting and jostling.

All in all, quite an interesting way to spend an afternoon.

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