Niigata Matsuri-Day 2.
I went to experience the cultural event, Shimin-Mikoshi at Furumachi. Briefly, mikoshi is a portable shinto shrine and used as a transport to move Japanese gods.
This mysterious group of girls were preceeding the mikoshis. They walked slowly in a zig zag pattern following the rythm made by the chimes of their staffs.
Then came the mikoshi. The mikoshi was carried by many people on their shoulders. They moved slowly, pushing the mikoshi up and down while crying 'wasshoi washhoi'.
They were many different kinds of mikoshi. This one really resembled shinto shrine with phoenix on top.
Somebody would stand on top front of mikoshi probably for giving moral support
The young lady seemed happy while the carriers were in pain. Check the guy on the bottom left.
The heat from the summer sun and the weight of the mikoshi really affected it carriers
Some of them were like in the verge of unconsciousness. Later, I found out some of them drank beers during break time, maybe that why.
Several mikoshis in a row. It was like a riot. Totally awesome. I wanted to sneak into the crowd but it was impossible. See the policeman?
On the way home, I came across this group of kids playing Taiko. They were incredibly superb.