Today we caught our neighborhood shrine parade! (Didn’t honestly take much skill, it was going right past the compound with very loud flutes and drums.)
Hundreds and hundreds of people in matching coats marched by with dozens of musical floats and shoulder-held shrines that I can testify are much heavier than they look! I got conscripted to lend a hand.
The pictures don’t really do justice to the scorching sun and sweltering humidity these guys were slogging through. We’re not quite sure who all was represented– the coats mostly had neighborhoods on them and occasionally something that could have been a shrine name. There looked to be some companies too.
But to really convey the energy and excitement, you’ve got to get a little closer to the action, so here’s a select sampling of the Akasaka neighborhood matsuri (festival). Be sure you can hear the audio, the whistles and chanting are half the fun at least!