Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 17bis

Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 5

Tenno-sai at Susanoo Jinja 15

During a matsuri, or Japanese festival, people bear a mikoshi on their shoulders by means of the two or four poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighbourhoods that worship at the shrine. At certain festivals, the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side. A mikoshi was believed to have been first used to transport Hachiman to Tōdai-ji temple from Usa Shrine in 749. — Wikipedia: Mikoshi