Day 5
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What's this? Fukagawa Hachiman Festival photos by Philbert Ono. Held in mid-August in Koto Ward, Tokyo, this is the festival's full-scale version held once every three years (1996, 1999, 2002, etc.).

Joint Procession of Portable Shrines
Aug. 18, 1996

Tekomai geisha finish crossing the Eitai-bashi Bridge over Sumida River.


They head toward the shrine on Eitaibashi-dori avenue which has been closed to traffic. They carry a flower hat on their backs, but never wear the hat.

Tekomai also appear at other festivals such as the Kanda Festival in Tokyo. They are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.

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