Yushima Tenjin Shrine Matsuri
This year, we attended the Annual Festival of Yushima Tenjin Shrine or Yushima Tenjin Shrine Matsuri held on May 22-23, 2010.
The portable shrine (mikoshi) floats were parked just outside the shrine before the start of the procession.
The highlight of this festival was called a Shinkosai or a procession of horen (floats) and mikoshi (portable shrines), drawn by townspeople, parading the neighborhood streets around the shrine.
Different modes of transportation for the dignitaries, such as rickshaws and …
… horses (under an umbrella).
The mikoshi was blessed by a Shinto priest along the parade route.
The procession returned to the shrine passing through one of the stone torii gates – this made for a nice picture I think.
A short video of the procession.