The mikoshi, or portable shrine, is a favourite of most Japanese festivals, but at the one in Kawagoe, the lifting of such far from light objects is instead forfeited for unfeasibly large floats; heavy and hulking monsters which, when manoeuvred around the city’s relatively narrow streets, are quite a spectacle to say the least.
Allowing the older fellas who lead them to feel understandably important,
Although those doing the pushing and pulling all day are perhaps justified in feeling a little bit peeved.
But on the whole it’s a chance for participants of all ages to have a tremendous amount of fun in traditional togs,
as well as timidly tackling a little toddle around town.