These are my Kikusui reflections:
1. Why a red Nissan convertible? With Yokohama tags, no less? Are the priests at the shrine having a massive midlife crisis?
2. "One has to wonder how bowler hats became part of the traditional garb. They look like they all graduated from butler school." That comment was posted by one of my blogger friends - Oakland Daily Photo, and honestly, I could not agree more.
3. Mikoshi on wheels? That's cheating! But then again, I suppose that shinto priests have no rhythm, not to mention muscle, and would make lousy mikoshi carriers.
4. Horse smell makes me sneeze. Sneezing makes for a very shaky camera work.
5. I cannot imagine yabusame happening on the streets of an American town. It would be any lawyer's wet dream. And frankly, I can't blame them. Getting trampled by a horse at a public event in order to get a multi-million dollar settlement is a fundamental American right.
More photos from the festival are here and here and here on our photoblog - Tochigi Daily Photo.