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There are countless local festivals (matsuri) in Japan because almost every shrine celebrates its own one. Most festivals are held annually and celebrate the shrine's deity or a seasonal or historical event. Some festival are held over several days.
An important element of Japanese festivals are processions, in which the local shrine's kami (Shinto deity) is carried through the town in mikoshi (palanquins). It is the only time of the year when the kami leaves the shrine to be carried around town.
Mikoshi can be very expensive, as they are often gold-plated and sometimes encrusted with diamonds, rubies and saphires. But this one wasn't anything special, that's why I only took picture of the men who were carrying it, I think they look way more interesting then the portable shrine :)

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