Culture

Omikoshi 御神輿

 A great Omikoshi resting on a break.

A great Omikoshi resting on a break.

The Omikoshi (お神輿), is a kind of portable shrine in the Shinto religion and is used to transport a God in the streets of the neighborhood to which it belongs normally in summer festivities.

Here we can see in more detail a typical Omikoshi.

Here we can see in more detail a typical Omikoshi.

Both men and women and even children carry the Omikoshi on their shoulders. It has the shape of a temple and decorated in bright golden tones .

The type of footwear that typically used are white boots called jikatabi, although some people even dare to go barefoot.

The type of footwear that typically used are white boots called jikatabi, although some people even dare to go barefoot.

Before being transported and when rest breaks are made, trestles are used to hold on and facilitate loading and unloading the Omikoshi.

Behind the Omikoshi a person accompanies with trestles ready to act if is necessary to unnload it.

Behind the Omikoshi a person accompanies with trestles ready to act if is necessary to unnload it.

A demonstration of skill and strength of two groups.

A demonstration of skill and strength of two groups.

It is striking to see how the different groups that carry their Omikoshi showing their ability to balance it from side to side, even when several groups come together it seems like a competition to show who is stronger and more skillful.

 Children also enjoy carrying a Omikoshi obviously lighter.

Children also enjoy carrying a Omikoshi obviously lighter.


  
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