Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Usazaki, Mega and Nakamura(from front) teams jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one another during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival at Matsubara Shrine on October 15, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. The Nada Fighting Festival attracts approximately 100,000 visitors every year, with the highlight being the parades that feature three ‘Mikoshi’s or portable shrines carried by men on their shoulders as they jolt against one another until one smashes. Seven villages participate in the festival and it is believed that the gods will bless the winner with a good harvest.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Mega, Matsubara and Nakamura(from left) teams jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from a mountain terrace during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival the Matsubara Shrine on October 15, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Mega, Nakamura and Matsubara (from left) teams prepare to jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one anothe during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival at Matsubara Shrine on October 15, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

A Japanese child of the Matsubara team puts on his festival costume at a dressing hall during the first day of the Nada Fighting Festival on October 14, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese children of the Matsubara team put on their festival costumes at a dressing hall during the first day of the Nada Fighting Festival on October 14, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Kiba team (R) and Matsubara team

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Kiba team (R) and Matsubara team

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Kiba carry their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) during a night parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival the Matsubara Shrine on October 15, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry bamboo poles of their team decorated with colour paper and lantern during a night parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

  Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai (portable shrines) during a night parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Usazaki, Mega and Nakamura(from front) teams jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from a mountain terrace during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Usazaki, Mega and Nakamura(from front) teams jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one another during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners prepare jolt their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from mountain terrace during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Mega, Matsubara and Nakamura(from left) teams jolt their Yatai, (portable shrines) against one another during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Mega, Nakamura and Matsubara (from left) teams prepare to jolt their Yatai,

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioner travels by his team mate shoulder during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai (portable shrines) during a parade as part of the Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioner of Matsubara team performs a ritual dance during a parade as part of the Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

A Japanese child of the Matsubara team dressed in his festival costume, posses with dragon masks at a dressing hall during the first day of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of the Matsubara team put on Fundoshi, or loincloths as they prepare during the first day of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

A Japanese child of the Matsubara team puts on his festival costume at a dressing hall during the first day of the Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai during the first day of the Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai during the first day of the Nada Fighting Festival at Matsubara

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Kiba team carry their Yatai (portable shrines) during the first day of the Nada Fighting Festival

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Kiba team wait to jolt their Yatai (portable shrines) against the Matsubara team

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners prepare jolt their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from mountain

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners jolt their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from mountain

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners prepare jolt their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) against one another as people look from mountain

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners prepare jolt their Mikoshii, (portable shrines) against one another during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Mega, Matsubara and Nakamura

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioner travels by his team mate shoulder during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting Festival at Matsubara Shrine

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners carry their Yatai, (portable shrines) through the narrow road during a parade as a part of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry their Yatai (portable shrines) during a parade as part of the Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team carry bamboo poles decorated with coloured paper during a parade as part of the Nada

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 A Japanese child of the Matsubara team dressed his festival costume, waits to join the festival at a dressing hall during the first day of the Nada

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of the Matsubara team put on Fundoshi, or loincloths as they prepare during the first day of Nada Fighting

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioner of Matsubara team wears Fundoshi

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

 Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara team wears Fundoshi

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji

Japanese Shrine Parishioners of Matsubara walk as they carry bamboo poles

Men Fight In Nada Fighting Festival In Himeji