Morning Matsuri  朝の祭り

Not the way I usually spend a Sunday morning. But today was fun. 

My daughter and I joined other kids and parents in the neighbourhood in taking a short walk from a temple near our home to a shrine two kilometres away. Today’s wasn’t a long walk, but it was one made more challenging by having to carry a mikoshi, shouting “wasshoi” and tripping over the legs of the person in front as we meandered our way up a narrow road between rice fields to the shrine. 

It’s been years—about 12, in fact—since I carried a mikoshi, and memories of aching shoulders quickly came flooding back as I realized that with kids, you can’t raise the bar all the way to your shoulder unless you want to take all the weight! 

Never fancied myself as a power lifter anyway, I’m more of a long-distance runner!

Looking forward to the next time. 

今日は普通の日曜日と違って、長女と一緒に近所の親子と神輿を運びました。「わっしょい」を言いながら、2キロを歩き、とても楽しかったです。

もう数年ぶりに神輿を運ばなかったが、ああと言う間に、肩の痛みの思い出が戻って来て、大人として子供と運ぶ時に肩まで持ち上がらないように気付きました。

来年も楽しみです。

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