Hachioji Matsuri Omikoshi
Hachioji Matsuri is not all huge dashi but also the more common omikoshi carried around town in processions by the townspeople themselves. Carrying these heavy ceremonial shrines is not meant to be a task to be accomplished in the easiest way possible, but rather a group effort where the group’s strength and weaknesses are multiplied through this shrine. If it was just a question of carrying a heavy load from point a to point b it would be far easier accomplished with just four persons. This is one of the secrets to understanding Japanese society I believe.