Back In June
Trip Start Jul 22, 2006
59Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Back in June was the big neighbourhood festival in Asakusa. The
main event of the festival was that the portable shrine (called
mikoshi) from each small shrine or temple was carried to Senso-ji, the
great big temple 'round these parts. Each mikoshi was carried
into the temple grounds: as a result, the temple grounds were a sea of
people with the golden phoenix toppers of the mikoshi glinting in the
were all the tourists who'd come to see them, and all the food vendors
who'd set up shop there for the weekend. The arrival of each new
mikoshi meant a new surge of singing, stomping and clapping from the
new group, probably to help the bearers move together, as most of them
seemed to be at least mostly drunk by noon. Even the children had
their own mini-mikoshi to carry!
The festivities were not limited to the temple environs, as various
mikoshi-carrying groups stakes out parking lots and other spaces
throughout the neighbourhood, sitting down for snacks and drinks.
Late in the afternoon, I came across a very jolly crowd completely
blocking an intersection, shouting and dancing and hefting their
mikoshi left, then right, then front, then back. Rather