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Crowd Surfing – Japanese Style

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 26, 2011

Well, not really the kind of crowd surfing you’d get at an Iron Maiden concert but close enough! Here’s a few brave (really brave) women riding on the giant omikoshi (heavy, wooden ritual palanquins) that are used in most Japanese local festivals. These omikoshi aren’t as much carried as clung to and often move as much horizontally as vertically. The scores of people shouldering it has no way of directing it or telling what’s happening around them so they rely on a leader in front of them to direct them. It must be quite an experience to be allowed up on these shrines, sometimes you see kids doing it but in this festival at Akagi Shrine in Kagurazaka three women were more or less thrown up on it. The first lady was doing her best to direct the team to let her down but I think they misunderstood her shouting! The second two young ladies were cooler about it. It must be really hard to keep your balance up there as it sways across the street!


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  1. Irina Kolak said, on September 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Wow! I’m really surprised that nobody commented on these photos. They seem like a photo definition of joy. Wonderful!


    • tokyobling said, on September 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Haha… thanks! Well, I certainly wouldn’t mind trying my balance up on of those! (^-^) More fun than any ride at Disneyland!


  2. Timi said, on September 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Aaa I want to try it 😀 I also like the clothes of the girl in black!


    • tokyobling said, on October 3, 2011 at 12:00 am

      I’m sure they would love to have you up there! (^-^) All these festival clothes are just so cool!


  3. aryakuro said, on October 2, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Wow, really you got a superb skill to capture expression in such condition. I know it’s not easy to get best shots on festival, plus it is night! *claphands* very nice!


    • tokyobling said, on October 3, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Thank you Aryakuro! I saw your blog, this post is really great! I didn’t know Japanese in Jakarta were so organized! It looks like great fun and you got plenty of fine portraits there. The dancing with the “poles” is part of an autumn festival here in Japan, and there will be a few of them in the coming month. Can’t wait to see it!


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