Last Sunday, July 29th, we have been to Mizonokuchi for his Matsuri! It was a really hot day, and seeing the man and woman bearing Mikoshi on their shoulder with this weather was painful haha.
A mikoshi is a divine palanquin (often improperly translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing.
During a matsuri (Japanese festival) involving a mikoshi, people bear the mikoshi on their shoulders by means of two, four (or sometimes, rarely, six) poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighborhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks called uma (horse), for a time before returning it to the shrine. Some shrines have the custom of dipping the mikoshi in the water of a nearby lake, river or ocean (this practice is called o-hamaori). At some festivals, the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side to “amuse” the deity (kami) inside.
Days：July 28th and 29th 2012
By train: Mizonokuchi Station (Tokyu denentoshi line and Oimachi line), Musashi-Mizonokuchi station (JR Nambu line)