Two weeks ago I have attended a pre-course to tho year’s upcoming Danjiri festival in southern Osaka. It is called Nyūkonshiki (lit. translated “inserting soul ceremony”) and ceremony performed at a Shintō shrine. I think a Nyūkonshiki can in theory be performed on any type of object, or machinery, as I’ve heard of a spiritual ceremony for newly purchased cars. In this case, it was all about inserting a spirit into one neighborhoods Danjiri wagon, in preparation of the festival in Octobre. The whole is more or less a several hour Danjiri, with a single cart.
The fifth picture shows the aftermath of the Danjiri getting out of control, and toppling over and hitting the ground sideways. It was an accident, where luckily, luckily no-one has been seriously hurt or injured. The Danjiri was back on its wheels within mere seconds thanks to a lot of man-power, and continued to roll down the road for a few more minutes. However, police showed up on the scene soon and was very serious about the incident, which ended the show for that day. The Danjiri steering out of its way was a scary site to see, and made me realize the dangers of fatal injuries during Danjiri are a very scary fact.
Apart from that, the sixth photo is showing what lucky shots might occur, when you give your camera to a child. Children have much less trouble posing and laughing to a person their size, it seemed. It was entertaining to watch!
This is a video showing a bit of the ceremony at the local Shintō shrine.