Thursday, October 25, 2012

WASSHOI!


Wasshoi! Wasshoi!

That's what you hear from the people carrying the portable shrines down the avenue. In English it's translated to heave ho, but instead of pulling, they're carrying the heavy shrines while bobbing rhythmically to the chants. The mikoshi is the portable shrine they carry down the main avenue in a parade before they return the little shrines back in their rightful places after the festivities are over.

My friend told me that he'll be carrying one of the shrines in the Mikoshi Parade. The weather was nice, warm, actually, for this time of year, so I ventured out to his neck of the woods. I looked down the main avenue but I didn't see a bunch of gaijins (foreigners) standing around the rather large portable shrine I saw sitting at the station. Turns out he's over at the park. Park? He didn't say anything about a park? So I head over to the park and lo and behold, there were a lot of portable shrines decked out in their full glory waiting to be shown off in the parade.

I saw my friend standing around with his buddies and texted him I was at the park. Then I roamed around taking pics for my blog. The frikkin' idiot didn't miss this chance to sneak up on me and make me jump.  But it's not often that he gets to do that . . . it's usually me laughing at his expense. LOL We chitchatted for a bit before he had to go back to his buddies. Gotta say that he did look cute in his red happi coat, which is like a livery but adapted to be more festive. He said the parade starts at 10am, but it was more like 11am before his lot joined the parade. So in the meantime I wandered around taking a bunch of pics.

His lot finally started moving so I tried to take pics but there was always someone in the way  At least I got a pic of him looking all cute in his happi coat when he came to chitchat with me for a bit

I usually don't go to these festivals since it's always too crowded but I went to show a little support for the darling dude. It was nice getting out to enjoy the weather for a bit. I did crawl into bed to take a nap right after I got home, tho. LOL


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