Monday, November 14, 2011

Mikoshi Parade

The CFAY Mikoshi.
Many commands participated in the Yokosuka Mikoshi parade last month.  Mikoshi are portable (and can be very heavy) Shinto Shrines that are mounted on a wooden frame and paraded typically to and from a shrine. In Yokosuka, the Mikoshi Parade doesn't start at a shrine, but in town, and ends on the base.  The parade is followed by a large friendship festival with a ton of food, music, and another opportunity to unite American and Japanese cultures together.

Dressed and ready to carry the Mikoshi.
Ladies help too.

A friend in front of a fancy Mikoshi.
 Here's a video of the Mikoshi Parade in Yokosuka:

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