Station Matsuri

October 21, 2008

A few weeks ago G and I were trying to buy train tickets at Meguro station when the neighborhood festival passed through. Once a year or so, the spirit in the neighborhood’s shrine is ritually transferred to a portable shrine and taken for a ride around the neighborhood. It takes dozens of people to shoulder the heavy shrine, and they boisterously chant and bounce the shrine, determined to show the spirit inside a good time. We were shocked to see them come into the station, given the narrow space, low ceilings, and even lower hanging signs. They had to stop the bouncing, carefully lower the shrine, clear the sign, then continue the revelry. Here’s a video, and a few more shots.


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