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Omikoshi is back at JapanFest!

Omikoshi will be back at the 2023 JapanFest.Find out more about Omikoshi here.

The mikoshi (Omikoshi) is a portable shrine for the gods, carried around the neighborhood of a regular shrine by local volunteer bearers dressed in festival costumes called Hanten. They carry the mikoshi on their shoulders, shouting, "Washoi, Washoi!". The purpose of this ceremony is to absorb and eliminate bad luck and impurities, pray for a bountiful harvest, and heed the people's wishes.

​​Our gratitude goes to Toshihiro Sahara, Tad Sahara, and Shimizu North America for making this Omikoshi attraction possible!

Find out more about Omikoshi here.

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