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Mikoshi in front the shrine gate

The Nada Kenka Matsuri or Nada Fighting Festival (participants are wearing =nada!) is an autumn festival to celebrate a good harvest and pray for the local communities. It involves seven large portable shrines which are carried by men in fundoshi (sumo type pants!) to the chant of yo-yasa!                                                                                    

Is one of Japan's more violent festivals.

Nada Kenka Matsuri in Himeji Japan
One brochure describes it thus: "Portable shrines, shouldered by half-naked youths, jostle each other and the bearers vie to show their skill in balancing the shrines." Half-naked? No, these guys are butt-naked!

Each community represent a village (before Clan!) and has a different colour which is worn as a headband, happy coat and also large pompoms on bamboo poles.                        

The Mikoshi are portable shrines are carried by 30 to 50 naked men around the area until they reach the shrine gate then salt is thrown to purify them before having the very top of them removed so they can enter the shrine area through the gate.            

A taiko drummer sits in the shrine and beats a drum to which the members chant while dropping the shrine and slamming it down on the ground.

Nada Kenka Matsuri
Eventually, each neighborhood uses its shrine as a weapon and rams it against other shrines.                                                                                                                         

          

_JL says:
impressive!
Posted on: Sep 14, 2008
bernard69 says:
Quelles belles couleurs!quels beaux mecs!
Posted on: Aug 31, 2008
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Mikoshi in front the shrine gate
Mikoshi in front the shrine gate
Nada Kenka Matsuri in Himeji Japan
Nada Kenka Matsuri in Himeji Japan
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Matsubara Hachiman Shrine gate
Matsubara Hachiman Shrine gate
Removing the top to fit through th…
Removing the top to fit through t…
Removing the top to fit through th…
Removing the top to fit through t…
inside the gate
inside the gate
removing the top to fit through th…
removing the top to fit through t…
Orange team rest
Orange team rest
nakedness can have phone !!
nakedness can have phone !!
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Nada Kenka Matsuri, also funnny
Nada Kenka Matsuri, also funnny
Nada Kenka Matsuri, also funnny
Nada Kenka Matsuri, also funnny
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Kenka Matsuri children training fu…
Kenka Matsuri children training f…
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri meeting
Nada Kenka Matsuri meeting
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
future nakedness
future nakedness
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Hey what you touch?
Hey what you touch?
Is to be Lucky you touch buttock
Is to be Lucky you touch buttock
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
old Mikosi = portable shrines
old Mikosi = portable shrines
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Removing the top to fit through th…
Removing the top to fit through t…
Nada Kenka Matsuri blue team
Nada Kenka Matsuri blue team
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
guide for Mikoshi slap with wood
guide for Mikoshi slap with wood
Nada Kenka Matsuri
is little dusty
Nada Kenka Matsuri is little dusty
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
Nada Kenka Matsuri
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ryt…
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ry…
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ryt…
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ry…
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ryt…
taiko drummer, beats a drum to ry…
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