photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Leland Wong | profile | all galleries >> San Francisco Taru Mikoshi, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Baby Kozo | David Portraits | Abby and Tai's Wedding | Leway Reunion | Crosscurrents: NJAHS 2014 Annual Awards Banquet | Chinatown, Los Angeles | In Box | Iu Mien of the San Francisco Bay Area | Wedding Photography Portfolios | San Francisco Chinatown Life | Oakland, CA Chinatown | My Sketchbook | Portraits | Colors of Chinatown | V-Town | Cherry Blossom Festival 2008 San Francisco | For Sale | Lunar New Year Parade | San Francisco Taru Mikoshi, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival | San Francisco Chinatown Alleys | 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration | Sleepy in San Francisco | From My Early Days | Ba Ba's Photos | Violence Against Chinese Community Protest | Fashion Events | Galileo 40th Year Reunion--Class of 1970

San Francisco Taru Mikoshi, Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival


The Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine in which a god or deity is believed to reside. In early days it was believed that carrying the Mikoshi would get rid of any curse that one one might have and that shaking it would spread the benefit of the god's power.

Taru Mikoshi originated at the time of the 1868 Meiji Restoration. When Meiji Emperor entered Edo (Tokyo) Castle, one of many things he did was to invite the head of each of approximately 1500 communities within Tokyo to the castle and present them with a barrel of sake, similar to the one we carry. Spontaneous festivities erupted throughout Tokyo, and after they finished drinking, citizens carried the empty sake barrel on a platform for 4 days to show deep appreciation and unconditional suuport to the new government.

As a result of its festive origin, Taru Mikoshi and sake drinking are inseparable. Thus, respecting this tradition and thanks to our sake manufacturing sponsors, San Francisco Taru Mikoshi Committee is committed to provide enough sake for everyone to enjoy.

San Francisco Taru Mikoshi

The original SF Taru Mikoshi debuted at the first Cherry blossom Festival in 1967, carried by about 25 people. It has grown since then to its current style with double elevated platforms and double layers of four sake barrels, one barrel on top, and a recently acquired enormous Hoh Oo (Phoenix). It weighs over 1000 pounds and requires 140 to 160 people to carry it.

The SF Taru Mikoshi has been the highlight of the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival for the last 42 years. The organizers plan to take it to Washington D. C. for the centennial of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2012.

previous pagepages 1 2 3 4 ALL next page
cbfest005.jpg cbfesti223b.jpg cbfesti224b.jpg cbfs1063ze.jpg cbfs1063zf.jpg
cherry_blossom09_195.jpg cherry_blossom09_205.jpg cherry_blossom09_209.jpg cherry_blossom09_213.jpg cherry_blossom09_219.jpg
cherry_blossom09_220.jpg cherry_blossom09_233.jpg cherry_blossom09_241.jpg cherry_blossom09_243.jpg cherry_blossom09_246.jpg
cherry_blossom09_248.jpg cherry_blossom09_255.jpg cherry_blossom09_337.jpg cherry_blossom09_338.jpg cherry_blossom09_342.jpg
cherry_blossom09_345.jpg cherry_blossom09_361.jpg cherry_blossom09_362.jpg cherry_blossom09_367.jpg cherry_blossom09_368.jpg
cherry_blossom09_378.jpg cherry_blossom09_383.jpg cherry_blossom09_384.jpg cherry_blossom09_391.jpg cherry_blossom09_403.jpg
cherry_blossom09_428.jpg cherry_blossom09_438.jpg cherry_blossom09_443.jpg cherry_blossom09_448.jpg cherry_blossom09_450.jpg
cherry_blossom09_454.jpg cherry_blossom09_455.jpg cherry_blossom09_456.jpg cherry_blossom09_462.jpg cherry_blossom09_471.jpg
cherry_blossom09_487.jpg cherry_blossom09_489.jpg cherry_blossom09_504.jpg cherry_blossom09_507.jpg cherry_blossom09_514.jpg
cherry_blossom09_529.jpg cherry_blossom09_531.jpg cherry_blossom09_546.jpg cherry_blossom09_548.jpg cherry_blossom09_556.jpg
previous pagepages 1 2 3 4 ALL next page