A big part of the Tsunahiki is the parade where civic groups from around the island (16 in all) parade down Kokusai Street with their Hatagashira's These are long poles, around 10 meters in length that are decorated and carried upright the length of the street. If anyone has seen a "Mikoshi" parade in mainland Japan, that is what this can be compared to.
But it's not just for the mighty. Even the little ones are in training for the day they get to carry the big pole.
The expression on the one lad's face reminded me of the refrain from an old "Beatles" song that goes: "Boy, you're going to carry that weight, carry that weight a long time!"
"OK, so it ain't ten meters tall but neither am I!"
More pictures and posts as the week progresses....