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KASHIWA-REN @ Karneval der Kulturen Berlin

Carrying a Mikoshi Shrine through Berlin

The japanese community in Berlin organizes a traditional procession during Karneval der Kulturen (KdK) in Berlin. The Mikoshi has been built for a southern french community which donated money to rebuild the shrine that was damaged by the Tsunami at Fukushima. It is a small version of the original shrine and it takes around 30 people to carry it. The only Mikoshi in Europe has been brought from Southern France to Berlin for this event. Carrying has been accompanied by drums, singer and ONDO dancers. The message „wasshoi“ is shouted out permanently which is a message of unity and passion. Shaking the Mikoshi wishes come true.

12 japanese people flew from Japan to Berlin just for this event. Television was recording. I participated and took many while not carrying. Enjoy this unique event!

 

Preparation

First the Mikoshi with its weight of 280 kg has been mount on a wooden framework. Most participants have worn traditional clothes and the ONDO dancers were preparing.

 

     

 

Ceremony and warming up

Before starting a priest blesses the god of the Mikoshi.

 

The Parade

              

 

Finish

After the parade a finishing ceremony had to be done by the priest. And we were happy about the parade and went on to party.

     

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