Sanja Matsuri’s Power Ladies and Kids 浅草三社祭之妇孺篇
The heavy lifting is not exclusive for men during Sanja Masturi festival at Asakusa, Tokyo.
Ladies and children joined the adult men to take on the very heavy mikoshi (portable shrine).
It is a whole day event, so it takes lots of courage and stamina to walk 10KM+ from their community to the shrine (2 ways). The picture below shown kids were too tire and need a rest on before continuing the journey.
The afternoon sun was very strong and the shades of the building create very wide dynamic range for photography. It indicated the extreme heat that the participants have to bear besides the heavy float.
The procession started on high noon. The hot sun turned many (including us) into cooked lobsters.
People of all ages were joining the festival.
It is the perfect festival to see traditional costumes.
Japanese kids were trained to be independent at tender age. We saw many kids at age less than 5 walking to school and taking metro train alone.
The adults were actually keeping close eyes and protective care of their children during the festival. Some put up a human chain throughout the procession to avoid any injuries.
The ladies also showing no weakness in performing the task.
These kids will soon growing up to be next generation of versatile Japanese.
小孩子们 – 给力！