Oct 242012
Mikawa Miya Matsuri (day 2)

On the second day of the Mikawa Miya Matsuri massive parade floats are pulled through the sea.

After weather check and receiving permission to enter the sea, participants start their journey from the shrine. They gather on the beach and pull the in a semicircle through the bay.

Oct 232012
Mikawa Miya Matsuri (day 1)

Festival in Mikawa Miya—a small village on the shore of Pacific Ocean—has all rights to be called the most colorful in Japan.

On the first day, participants present their dance and arts as an offering to the shrine.

But the main event is towing massive parade floats into the sea, which takes place on the second day.

Nagoya Matsuri

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Oct 162012
Nagoya Matsuri

Nagoya is renowned for its automobile and mechanical industries. Nagoya Festival originating in the Edo period confirms that this is for a good reason.

Main characteristic of the festival floats used here are mechanical dolls that perform dance, acrobat shows, or play mythical stories.

Despite stark contrast between modernity of Nagoya streets and wooden carts pulled by people, it gives a sense of continuity.