On Sunday 17th, Fukagawa Hachiman Festival reached its peak. Festivities began with blessings from the Shinto priest outside the shrine.
Dozens of mikoshi were carried through the streets, the participants getting soaked by far more bystanders with buckets of water.
As with yesterday, it was great to know that the Pentax 645Z and lenses are properly weather sealed. The camera was splashed several times, but there were no issues.
However, there were some professional water soakers that I needed to stay clear of. Numerous member of the Tokyo fire departments were there to drench the groups with water.
There’s weather sealing, and there’s being hit by a firehose sealing. I wasn’t going to test the latter.
My goal therefore was to try and get in close to the groups without getting soaked,
or crushed underfoot by a team of mikoshi carriers.
And a bit of video