Hachioji Matsuri Dashi
Like many other of the main festivals in Japan, the Hachioji Matsuri has these giant, decorated, slow and ponderous festival floats, called “dash” (山車) in Japanese. Each neighborhood puts up their own and they compete with musicians and decorations to attract the most attention. Here’s a few snapshots of one of the dash that had two dancers, a lion and a demon instead of the normal one dancer. Great fun and when the dancers aren’t busy “battling” the other dash, they might even pose for the photographer.