Tomioka Hachimangu Water Festival – 3
More photos from the great Mizukake Matsuri at Monzennakacho! The first few photos are of the many omikoshi teams representing different neighborhoods around the great shrine of Tomioka Hachimangu, the center of this festival. Along the route there are several two men teams of firefighters volunteering to give the omikoshi bearers a massive hose down, as you can see in the third photo. At this point most other photographers had wisely retreated to a safe distance but I am more like a shark sensing blood in the water, I throw all caution to the wind and charge in with camera blazing when I see something as interesting as this! Absolutely not my smartest move.
I moved closer to the great shrine and saw the first of the mobile swimming pool stations, where one of the omikoshi teams were met with a wall of water as a dozen people emptied buckets of it all over them, it was pretty impressive! And of course I had to move in closer, to check out the kids trying to fight back with their water guns, the cutest and bravest thing I ever saw! More photos to come in the final post on this fantastic festival. Enjoy!