kishiwada danjiri (act II: the lantern parade)


At night the danjiri are decked out in lanterns to sail slowly through the city streets.  The pulling crews, done with their daytime racing around, slow their pace to a walking march and young children are recruited to help pull the danjiri.  The musicians as well are replaced by a younger crew who are just learning the danjiri rhythms.  Like a beautiful dream fleet, the danjiri circle through the city for hours while the sounds of drums, flutes, gongs and chants drift through the night air.


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