Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 3bis

Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 3

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Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 29

Aside from ceremonies conducted at Shinto shrines, portable shrines (mikoshi) are carried in the streets.

A mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade of deities. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing. Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two or four poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a Phoenix. — Wikipedia: Mikoshi