15 September was a special day as it marked the Owase Hachiman Jinja Matsuri (尾鷲八幡神社祭礼), one of the few festivals celebrated here in Owase.
A little boy (the chosen one) playing the daimyo. We managed to catch him performing a ritual to ward off evil.
One of the characters in the Ponyo dance.
Men who were on a high, some of them already drunk at 1pm! On the right: a small rehearsal for the Yaya Matsuri (the quarelling festival) in February where hundreds of near naked men shout and push one another and end up diving into the icy cold waters at Owase Port. In fact, Mr Tan Tan seems rather keen to join these guys next year.
Final performances at the culmination point, the Hachiman Jinja, a very old temple. Yes, it was raining, but the rain did nothing to deter the spirit of the performers.
Of course, no festival is complete without street food. We gobbled down yummy pineapples, fried chicken, hiroshimayaki and takoyaki here.