Kamakura Gion Omachi Matsuri

Kamakura Gion Omachi Matsuri

MIKOSHIBURI

( MIkoshi Shaking )

19:00 to 21:00 Sat 8th July 2017

Mikoshi-buri or shrine shaking is the evening procession, illuminated by candle lanterns, of the mikoshi at the Omachi crossroads on the first day of the festival. The mikoshi is carried by men and sometimes women attired in happi coats and handako white short pants. The event culminates in an impressive show of strength and teamwork as all four mikoshi are tied together and processed through the Omachi neighborhood as a single unit.

The mikoshi are very heavy so the weight is shared by the group with additional carriers following behind to step in as needed. The weight of the mikoshi is unknown because it is blasphemy to weigh a deity, but it is estimated to be about 1500 kg to 2000 kg (3300 lbs to 4400 lbs).