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Ohara Hadaka Matsuri, Chiba
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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One thing unusual about this festival is that they carry the mikoshi with their hands and arms only, and not on their shoulders.
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Ohara Hadaka Matsuri
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Many more portable shrines follow.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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The same men perform the ring-entering ceremony for the east side. There were about 20 men.
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Sumo odori dance at Hinade Shrine in Maibara, Shiga Prefecture. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Mikoshi in Kichijoji Sun Road shopping arcade, Kichijoji Autumn Festival
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Mikoshi in Kichijoji Sun Road shopping arcade, Kichijoji Autumn Festival
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Mikoshi coming out of Sun Road in Kichijoji
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Mikoshi in Sun Road in Kichijoji
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They run while pulling the danjiri floats while a man on the float's roof dances and prances with two fans. They pass by very quickly, unlike other float festivals. This is in front of Kishiwada Station.
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Most pf the danjiri festival girls had braided scalps, sometimes in a flowery pattern..
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Kishiwada Castle
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Kishiwada Castle
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.
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Musashi-Aoi-ren at Kita-Urawa Awa Odori on Sept. 6, 2009.
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Musashi-Aoi-ren on Happy Road.
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance in Nerima, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance with Nakamurabashi-ren 中村橋連
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Shinobu-ren on stage during the Nakamurabashi Awa Odori.
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Shinobu-ren on stage during the Nakamurabashi Awa Odori.
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In memory of this haristyle, a group of beauticians and hairdressers in Shimada hold this annual festival where they don the Shimada-ryu hairstyle (usually with their real hair) and dance in yukata.
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As you can see, there are variations in the hairstyle and adornments of Shimada-ryu.
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I had never seen so many women wearing Shimada-ryu with their real hair, so I was very impressed.
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Suijo Hachiman Shrine Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.
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To the beach and water.
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Also see my video at YouTube.
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Kazusa Junisha Matsuri Festival, Ichinomiya, Chiba on Sept. 13, 2009.
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Tossing the mikoshi into the air.
   
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