|Bridge of fishing boats!|
The main point is that can only go to the shrine located on a tiny island off of Kamogawa's coast during this festival (pictured in the far right of the above photo).
|Apparently back in the day these boats were actually used to cross over to the island.|
Point is, it was amazing to be there for such a momentous occasion. And apparently much of the townspeople (and other people from the surrounding areas) felt the same way too, looking at the photo below. This is by far the largest crowd I've seen in Kamogawa, and I am unsure I will ever see one of its size again.
|Mayor being interviewed by the media (somewhere around the center-right?)|
|Braving the epic queue.|
|Thankfully, I'd bought some snacks for the wait.|
But I also got to enjoy some lovely scenery during the wait (despite the excruciating heat):
|Satisfying my usual obsession for signs.|
|Kamogawa from an angle I may never have the chance to capture again!|
|Entry to the shrine.|
|Tiny main hall.|
...and for the record, the wait had apparently swelled to 5 hours by the time we left the shrine. Eep.
|Katsugi-yatai between the vivid fishing boat banners!|
|And my favorite - the mikoshi! (although this is a different one than the one I usually help carry).|
|Hamburger steak topped with bamboo shoots! Mmmmmm.|
|As a special treat, cheese cake and coffee jelly - on the house!|