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This mikoshi enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Toshogu in Nikko
This mikoshi enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Toshogu in Nikko

A mikoshi (神輿、みこし) is a portable Shinto shrine that serves as the vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade of deities. Often, the mikoshi resembles a miniature building, with pillars, walls, a roof, a veranda and a railing. Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a phoenix. Mikoshi Nikko Tochigi Prefecture Japan Toshogu Shinto shrine I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... Mikoshi Nikko Tochigi Prefecture Japan Toshogu Shinto shrine I took this photograph and contribute it to the public domain. ... Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu Tokugawa Ieyasu (previously spelled Iyeyasu); 徳川 家康 (January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was the founder of the Tokugawa bakufu of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the restoration of the monarchy in 1868. ... Yomeimon at Nikko Toshogu Toshogu (東照宮) is any Shinto shrine in which Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the last shogunate of Japan, is enshrined with the name Tosho Dai Gongen. ... This article is about Nikko the city; see Nikko (priest) for the founder of Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism. ... A Jinja (Japanese: 神社) is a Shinto shrine including its surrounding natural area but it is more common to refer to buildings as a jinja. ... The phoenix from the Aberdeen Bestiary. ...

During a matsuri, people bear a mikoshi on their shoulders by means of two poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the area that worships at the shrine, and in many cases leave it there, resting on blocks, for a time before returning it to the shrine. Some shrines have the custom of dipping the mikoshi in the water of a nearby lake, river or ocean. At certain festivals, the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side, and from time to time, deaths occur when a mikoshi strikes a bystander or participant. Categories: Japan-related stubs ...

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Most shrines hold regular festivals (matsuri) to commemorate dates related to that shrine or deity.
These festivals typically include parades, music and dancing, theatrical performances or Noh drama, food and games, and often community members carry a mikoshi (portable shrine) throughout the streets.
Many localities, for example, hold their own "Fertility" festival, wherein local residents carry around large portable shrines that depict the male sexual organ.
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