Hachioji Matsuri Parade – 1
Many of the larger city parades has an official opening ceremony (in no way the start of the festival which often has been going on for hours and hours before the opening), the festival in Hachioji in western Tokyo had a very impressive parade with representatives of all the neighborhoods of the city carrying a paper lantern on a pole. This day was exceedingly hot with well over 35 degrees in the shadow and much much hotter in the sun. You can see heat in their faces! Their slow pace, matched to the rhythm of a drum team made it all very impressive!