6th oct. 2012, fukushima city
Kenka Matsuri is considered to be one of the three major fighting festivals in Japan. Six mikoshi-like structures decorated with lanterns do battle while men ride on top, but participants often fall into actual fighting in this chaotic crowd of people.
Six large two-ton structures coming from all over town gather in the Hachiman Shrine complex and do battle. This shrine is in fact dedicated to a Japanese war god.