Shibuya Festival 2011
I know it’s still a couple of months left to go but I wanted to give you a heads up for the huge Shibuya Festival in September every year. These are some snapshots I took of the women’s only omikoshi team, a rarity in most festivals! Traditionally women were not allowed to carry the omikoshi around during festivals, but it’s becoming more and more common to see them mixed in with the men, or as in this case with an omikoshi of their own. The poor girl who had hurt her foot had to stand back for this one! I am always impressed with the people who carries these, it’s absolutely not an easy task! If you’re in Tokyo in September, this might be the one festival to catch! These photos have sat on one of my old hard drives and I just had an hour to go over them. The festival in 2011 was fantastic, as it was a coincidence of three jubilees, the 920, the 870 and the 400 all related to Shibuya’s main shrine, the Konnou Hachimangu (金王八幡宮).