Today we had the opportunity to go and watch a local Japanese public school participate in their festival that will happen this weekend. The students made their own omikoshi and paraded down the street. An omikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine for the gods and spirits. It resembles a small building which is fixed to 4 poles. Omikoshi are usually very heavy and require many folks to carry it on their shoulders. The Omikoshi is usually bounced up and down to the rhythm of the chants. There are smaller ones for kids as well. They contain a piece of paper with a name written on it. The procession can also include decorated floats and sometimes even performers.