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Akasaka Hikawa Shrine Festival – Dashi

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 21, 2013

Many festivals in Japan feature the huge wheeled shrine platforms called dashi (山車) that often carry dancers and musicians. Some of these have engines, others rely on manpower and others a combination. Some are so large that they have to be lifted up and rotated because they can’t turn! On the first day of the Akasaka Hikawa Shrine festival a week ago they only had the one dashi out, but it’s a beauty. It is always so fun to see these very traditional handmade wagons being pulled around a modern city center, full of glass, concrete and neon signs. Very few people still live in these commercial districts so the omikoshi teams usually rely on staff from local companies and shops and even night clubs to help out, which makes for a friendly bunch of fun loving people, as you can see in some of these photos.

Still the festival season isn’t over, although it is drawing towards a close as the weekends see fewer and fewer festivals. Better enojy it while it lasts!















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  1. yoshizen said, on September 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’m very impressed by the huge earlobe of the man, in 7th picture center.
    And as his title on Happi showed “Fuku-Kumigashira” / Vice-Chief, he must be
    a very influential and respected person in the local community.
    It indicates this festival still having strong significance in the local politics, not
    a folly of the fun-loving local folks.


  2. romainboitier said, on September 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Im in tokyo right now at shinjuku, i ll move to kyoto tomorrow.
    waiting for some news of you. cheers 🙂


  3. lovelycomplex22 said, on September 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Love the 6th picture!


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