Just when I thought I’ve seen it all, I found this amazing festival that looks like the predecessor to the Monster truck shows, but Edo era style. Big floats pulled by dozens of people bump into each other with the merely purpose of destroying the enemy and winning the fight. Ok, more seriously, this festival is a celebration to pray for a good harvest in the year.
Easy to predict, often the competition heats up and people forget about the floats fight and switch to fist fighting, but the police is very well distributed to prevent any major argument and make sure that the event proceeds safely for everyone to enjoy (personally I enjoyed the fist fighting as much as I enjoyed the floats fight).
In addition to the big fight, they also have an small area with local street food where people socialize. Oyabe- shi isn’t exactly a big city, it is surrounded by rice fields and the distances from a random place place to another are long, so it’s a good opportunity to get to know the neighbors.
Besides the socializing part, there isn’t much happening before the fights. People start getting ready, dance, sing and drink in groups while they wait for their turn to fight.
Full details of the event can be found here:
The following are some of the pictures I took.