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This is Miya-mikoshi of Azabu-juban Inari Shrine.
A shrine-owned mikoshi (portable shrine) is called Miya-mikoshi (宮神輿).
People belonging to neighborhood associations near the shrine carry it once every three years.
Yesterday, I assisted mikoshi carriers from early in the morning and then witnessed the parade.
Compared to community mikoshis, Miya-mikoshi is big and gorgeous. It followed the lead of the shrine's priests, chanters, Japanese lanterns and an offertory box.
Associational Mikoshi Parade by six neighborhood associations was held in the afternoon. With stops at several mikisyo (神酒所, an association’s festival office where an altar is set) along the way, people winded through the town carrying mikoshis on their shoulders.
Though Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ) is NOT included in the area of six associations, we went there all the way with political consideration.
Local children played the festival songs.
This is our mikoshi!