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Thursday November 27th 2014

Mitaka. Mikoshi. Matsuri.

The Mitaka Matsuri was great. This is the final of 3 posts published about the natsu-matsuri event held over the weekend.

Close up of the phoenix
Close up of the phoenix

On display at the Mitaka matsuri was the mikoshi, or portable Shinto shrine.

Mikoshi which are often rectangle in shape, can resemble a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and even a railing. This is the type of Mikoshi that was on display in Mitaka.

It is lavishly decorated in gold and the carving of a phoenix is placed on the roof.
Around the railings you can see gifts offered to the gods.

Mikoshi with Phoenix on Top
Mikoshi with Phoenix on Top

What else can you see? Rice cakes, umeboshi, sake?

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