Yamas waiting for their turn at the shrine
Japanese Chucky giving it his all at the shrine
Once the puppets are done with their performance, many strong men lift up the three-ton float and carry and push it through the streets lined with yatai selling dozens of delicious snacks (see my flickr) and beautiful sakura trees back to its home.
Yama moving down the street
Strong men hidden under the yama, pushing the heavy construction forward
Of course not only the men in this town are strong, and a group of women proved this by carrying their own little festival float around while singing.
Yasu can never go somewhere without bumping into people he knows, he even met some familiars all the way in Tokyo Disneyland a couple of weeks ago. And of course this weekend in Inuyama was no exception. Last night he bumped into one of his seminar clients and today he recognized someone (from one of his seminars too) who was working at the local radio station. This radio station stationed a microphone outside so the people outside can have their say live on local radio. Of course the radio station friend wanted Yasu to talk a bit on live radio and of course the interesting foreigner had to be introduced on air as well. So I ended up blasting some English sentences into the Inuyama ether, without having a clue what was going on, because Yasu didn’t fill me in until after we were done talking into the microphone.
On air in Inuyama
The radio station crew