Way back in September I went to the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri. The danjiri matsuri are festivals where crowds watch groups of people carry these huge carts shaped as temples or shrines. These carts are extremely heavy, so they usually have 10-15 people carrying it over their shoulder while one guy who leads them is on the top, basically yelling “Heave ho!” Now if they were simply marching around the streets with it, it wouldn’t be that crazy. However, a lot of the times you will see danjiris flying through the street with everyone sprinting. If you’re a spectator, you quickly have to get out of the way so you don’t get trampled. People have died over it…crazy, huh?
Anyways, the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is probably the most famous danjiri festival in Japan. Tons of people come to watch lots of danjiris run down the street. You can also do festival-like things here like buy delicious foods from street vendors or play carnie games. The event was a lot of fun. Here are a few pictures of it:
We took a small break in the afternoon and visited Kishiwada Castle. It’s really beautiful. I got to try out my new camera as well!:
Here are some more pictures of the festival:
The skies began to turn really dark so I suggested we leave. A huge downpour soon followed but we managed to stay (mostly) dry. If you’re ever in the Kansai region around September, I would definitely recommend going to this!