Friday, September 16, 2011

Kuromatsu Matsuri part 2

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This is a continuation of an earlier post. The flotilla of boats carrying the mikoshi headed out to the island to pick up the goddess............

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Nothing much will happen on land for a few hours and we were lucky enough to be invited in to a party......

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Once the sun had gone down the lanterns on the beach were lit.....

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Eventually the boats came back, and did three circuits of the torii on the little islet just off shore...

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Three of the small boats in the conoy were lit in the shape of kanji.....

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The musicians on the boat carrying the mikoshi and priest keeps up the incessant rhythmn and now the musicians on the beach join in.....

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Once the boats make it back to land the mikoshi is carried to the beach. First the children carry their mikoshi out of the sacred matsuri area to the local shrine....

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later the men start to carry the much heavier mikoshi....... but they never get off the beach..... they go forward, start to stagger from side to side, stop, back up, and try again...... this goes on till the early hours of the morning....

3 comments:

  1. And then after staggering around on the beach all night with the mikoshi, in the morning the men take the it back in the boats to the island? The goddess never reaches the shrine?

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    1. thats right, except the "shrine" is on the island, whereas the structures in the village are the part of the shrine for humans.

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