Sunday, May 22, 2016

Observing the Battle

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 15, 2016

Entering the battlefield

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

Parade to the Battleground

Needless to say that no one is feeling any pain as they march to the competition. Spirits are quite high with expectations!
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mikoshi Battle Day - Getting Ready

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

Mikoshi - Battle Day

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

Sunday, April 17, 2016