So, Sunday, it was Ebi-kuns yochien matsuri (festival), his yochien belongs to a Shinto shrine so they have the mikoshi that are carried in the city festival, this is the main one, a mikoshi is a portable shrine and for the city festival they are usually carried through the city by a bunch a scantly clothed men fuelled by sake.
They had to carry it along the streets down to the community centre, some of the residents came out to cheer them on. Once they got to the community centre there was a water break.
It was a REALLY hot day, it started out overcast but soon the sun was out and the return journey many of the kids had lost their 'umph' I think Ebi-kuns face says it all here! There were plenty of mini rests but it was still hard going. When we got back to the yochien the moms and dads had to do another round with big mikoshi.
Once everyone was watered an rested there was a closing ceremony and the parents helped tidy away all the festival decorations, by this time I was starting to feel a bit queasy, I am fair skinned and don't do well in the sun or heat, standing out in the baking sun for 3 hours doesn't bode well. The kids said they had fun and they all got a present before they left.