Hounen Matsuri: The Procession
Leading the Pack

Priests lead the procession. Lots of them. Some carry banners, some staffs, some chant, some sing.


A priest throwing salt toward the specators
Sarutahiko-no-okami leading the mikoshi

Behind the lead characters are the musicians. They play drums, a gong, pipes, and flutes.

Right behind the musicians are the ladies. These women carry 60 cm (20 inches) long wooden phalluses. These women are chosen to participate in this role because of their age. They are all 36 years old, which is an unlucky age for women and requires spiritual intervention.

How could I not get a photo
of myself with these lovely women?

And the cart follows closely behind serving
sake out of an open barrel to the spectators!


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