Monday, November 1, 2010

Procession during Kikusui Festival in Utsunomiya

Last Sunday, October 31, 2010

Probably the ugliest Tengu (Sarutahiko) mask ever.

I can haz mikoshi!!! It's not a proper festival without a mikoshi (portable shinto shrine) being carried around.

The VIPs were riding in a red Nissan, convertible no less. Why it has Yokohama tags I have no idea. The Futaara shrine insignia are plastered on the front of the car.

The archers going to the shrine for some good, old-fashioned archery stuff.

And here's a video of the procession. Around 1:17 mark I'm about to have a close encounter of the painful kind with a very frustrated horse. I ducked in time, though.

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