Every three year, Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine hold a big summer festival. This year is that special year. The festival is often called as Water Pouring Festival of Fukagawa. Fukagawa is the name of the area where the shrine locates. During the festival, shrine parishioners carry portable shrines around the area and people literally pour water to those who carry shrines.
They take out their portable shrines from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine early in the morning at 7:30 and start marching around the town. They cross Kiyosumi-bashi Bridge, pass Hakozaki, cross Eitai-bashi Bridge and go back to the Shrine in the afternoon. It’s not a very long way so you can walk together with 55 portable shrines. (But of course, heavy portable shrines move very slowly.) When you watch and walk, be careful with water.
Here are some of the photos I took today.
Here is a video – I hope you can feel the atmosphere. The portable shrines are heavy but sometimes, they run, they throw the shrine up into the air (a little) and go round and round.
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