Observing the battle is a bit a dangerous. If you're close enough to see the action, you're close enough to get run over and yes, if you get run over, the battle does not stop, they keep ramming at each other. There are medical emergency vehicles and staff at the ready and people do get seriously injured during these battles.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Entering the battlefield is predetermined by who has home field advantage and who is the challenger. The crowd is a mix of local enthusiasts who gather to cheer for their Mikoshi or just watch the spectacle. Getting a spot on the stands takes some determination. The stands have been known to collapse from over crowding. This battle is also sponsored by your local yakuza.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Before the march to face their opponents, a final strategy is discussed. It's part pep talk and part strategy.
|It's a big deal to be able to sit on the Mikoshi|
|Only the Captains of the event can sit on the Mikoshi|
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Before the battle begins, the Mikoshi is blessed at the Shinto Shrine and prepared for battle. Any decorations that can cause damage to contestants are removed.
|Children have their own Mikoshi|
|The Mikoshi is retunred from its overnight stay at the mall|