Thursday, July 26, 2018

Tenjin Matsuri 2018; part 1

天神祭

The following photo journal is from the first day of the festival 7/24/2018.

Kids moyooshi daiko, a portable scaffold that carries a team of drummers. Ganji wearing tall hats and playing a drum while being pulled through the Tenjinbashi-suji shopping street.

Kids moyooshi daiko entering Osaka Tenmangu shrine.

A mikoshi (portable shrine) passing through the shopping arcade.

The moyooshi daiko being maneuvered around the shrine. 

One of the smaller mikoshi being lifted up...

...and thrown into the air.

Struggling to lift the mikoshi.

The mikoshi being thrown into the air.

A nice smiling pose from the mikoshi team.

Smiling kids pulling another moyooshi daiko.

Kids moyooshi (#3).

Danjiri Bayashi. Parade float dancers parked on a stage in the main shrine.

A shishimai dance performance.

A closer look at a shishimai dancer during a purification ritual. Note the plum emblem on the shishiai cloak as well as the shrine curtains.
Also note the display of shishimai masks in the background.

Volunteers gathered in the courtyard of Osaka Tenmangu shrine.

Posing for a selfie with a mikoshi.

The kamihoko (god spear).

Another division of the local parade groups walking through the shopping arcade.

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