#203 O-Mikoshi

O-Mikoshi is sometimes translated as a ‘portable shrine’.

Considering the advances in technology, almost everything is portable nowadays.

But, mikoshi are an important tradition in Japan.

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They are carried through the streets on the shoulders of the locals while they chant.

The portable shrine is used in Shinto traditions to transport the deity from the main shrine throughout the neighbourhood and back to the shrine.

It’s a little bit like taking your gods for a walk to check up on the local people.

The mikoshi itself looks like an ornate, tiny building with a roof, veranda and pillars.

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