Photographer's Note

The fukagawa matsuri (festival) is held every year, but only once every 3 years in full scale. People from more than 50 neighborhoods gather and carry their 'mikoshi', a portable shrine, in a procession. This is supposed to give good luck for the year to the whole quartier.
There are many matsuri and mikoshi carrying around japan in summer, but a particularity of Fukagawa one is that people are allowed (and encouraged!) to throw water to carriers. This is very welcomed as it's very hot! I know, since I participated this year together with my neighbors from the town of "shinkawa ichi minami" (this name is written on our clothes). What a thrill! This thing is so heavy, but everyone helps, people relay each other as one gets tired. non-carrying people are encouraging with hand clapping and shouting "WASHOI!" (sorry, I don't know the meaning). very engaging, almost like a transe.
I really enjoyed it. I'll do it again in 3 years!!

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