was in costume. Some were simple "happi coats" like ours, others
were yukata or themed costumes like the one below. These people put on
a "viking show" at the local amusement park. Everyone
comes out for this festival!
This is one example of the shrines which were carried in the parade.
This one was made by Kiyo Bank. Those employees in the parade
who weren't carrying the shrine or waving fans were dancing behind
them. Like I said, everyone gets into this parade!
of each group there were streamer and lantern carriers, as well as
banners to advertise which organisation or business they were from.
of the parade was carried along by music from
speakers set up along the street, but this giant taiko drum
was hauled along for a good part of the parade.
it took us forever to cover the few blocks to the end of the parade's
route! There were TV crews out there, of course, and they zoomed in
on the foreigners. And whom did they pick but ME for a close-up! TWICE!
Well, it was quite an experience, one which I won't soon forget. If
any of you JETs get a chance to participate in a festival, you've
got to take it!