Iwanai’s annual shrine festival was held this past weekend. Over 200 years of culture , tradition , and food were on display throughout the town. This sleepy port village was woke by the lurking Tengu or "heavenly dog” a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion. The Tengu in his 15 cm platform geta paraded around town as locals brought out offerings to appease him.
This year some Iwanai Resort staff joined the festivities by carrying the “mikoshi” a portable shrine all around the town. The Iwanai shrine mikoshi weighed over 900 kilograms and was carried 24 kilometers , to pay respect to various local businesses and establishments along the way. This was no easy feat but , it was such an honor for us to participate.