Photographer's Note

This carriage is called the Naginata Hoko. Naginata is a Japanese traditional weapon. A pole weapon with a japanese blade on the end of it. on the top of the carriage is the Naginata (replica) where the original one was made more than a thousand years ago and preserved as a national treasure of japan.

The Naginata Hoko leads the parade of the other carriages. and on the naginata hoko there s boy called the Chigo (a young boy in Shinto robes and crowned with a golden phoenix, chosen from among the Kyoto merchant families as the deity's sacred page. After weeks of special purification ceremonies, during which he lives isolated from contaminating influences such as the presence of women, he is carried onto the float, as he is not permitted to touch the ground. The boy must cut a sacred rope (shimenawa) with a single stroke to begin the festival. from wikipedia ).

The people in Kyoto says that usually the boy who becomes a Chigo is from a very wealthy family in Kyoto and that will pay some big amount of money for the child to be a Chigo.

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