On the last weekend , the Autumn Festival was held at my village. From the Saturday evening to through the Sunday, they had enjoyed this traditional event. Kids are allowed to stay up a bid late, and fathers can be drunken all day long!
This big cart is called O-mikoshi that is supposed to be the Shito god’s seat and while this o-mikoshi being moved, inside of the red thick curtain of the o-mikoshi, the Noricko boys keep playing the music and calling out strongly with distinct intonation. This sound always make me feel somehow Godly and exciting!!
They swing the o-mikoshi with calling out “Washoi Washoi!!” You can see how hard it was swinging by its fringes. Even such a bumpy moments, the Noricko boys can not stop playing the music, because they are supposed to be the children of the Shinto god. They competed each other in front of the main shrine house.
THEY are the Noriko boys!! They are not allowed to step on the earth all that day long, because you know, they are the GOD children!! so, they have to be taken themselves to the bathroom on one’s shoulders. It’s very tough deal, but also very honorable for boys.
The men had kept carrying the omikoshi until it got dark. It looks they were strong, but I think they were so drunken that they didn’t feel tired!
I guess some/many of them are absent from their work today!!