All of us joined two events in the festival of Hachiman Shrine in Morioka. Here are some pictures from the pulling of dashi, or floats, first around selected neighborhoods and then in the evening parade. It was about a 9 hour event for us! First we had to put on our tabi socks and zori sandals along with happi coats and special hats designed for our float. After eating a lunchbox with other members of our group, we began pulling. Elementary school children played drums and chanted and we wandered the streets. In the evening, our float lit up, and all the floats and fire-fighters band entertained the people of Morioka. It was a fun, but exhausting, day!
Time to collapse after a long, fun day!