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OMIKOSHI: THE EVENT OF THE YEAR

If you are looking for something exciting to do on hot Friday nights in August, why not career madly around the streets of Okazaki, carrying half a ton of wood and papier-mache, screaming to your hearts content and then getting free drinks afterwards? Well, it's that or read a book.

Meeting place: 1pm Friday August 4th Aoi Hall downstairs (free beer number one).

At this time we will do the decoration of the float. After a break:

Leave at 6.30pm to go to Fukushikaikan next to city hall by bus, change into "happi" coats, with Yamasa logo!

We then move to Higashi Betsuin, and from there leave at 7.45 roughly to pick up the shrine down the road.

The whole procession takes one hour roughly, with many, many breaks. At least 16 people are needed to carry the float, although 24 can carry it at any one time. There are 100 happi coats so lots can take part.

The float is big enough to put people on if the carriers are feeling strong enough.

At the end, the float is carried in front of a stage with judges, we do our little dance, run around in front of the judges, and then go back to the Student Village for the last party to be held there.

Present at the party will be two free drinks for those who carried the float and:

3 DJs, 7 dancers, and a bar. You can bring your own drinks or buy there.

11.55pm close.

To participate: 600 yen. 5,000yen to buy the happicoat if you want to keep one. If not, 500 yen of the 600 yen you pay covers the cleaning, the 100 goes towards the drinks.

This is the biggest event of the year in Okazaki, and a once in a lifetime chance to participate in a traditional Japanese festival. Don't miss it!

If you want to attend, please contact your teachers. All welcome! Bring anyone you like!

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