Danjiri is a float with elaborate sculptures of historical war battle scenes and samurai on it. Many men wearing the same happi coats pull floats along the streets.
In the southern parts of Osaka Prefecture, this longstanding tradition still remains. Each town has a danjiri float and they are pulled by hundreds of people to compete each other to boast their courage and unity. Participants wear special cotton trousers, jikatabi or rubber-soled cloth foot gear and the same happi coat.
Last night when I went to Sakai city to see Rintaro, I had a chance to see young boys practicing music instruments for festival which will be held over one month ahead. They were listening to the leader's advice in a very serious way. Good relationship.
This might be a good example of lifelong education.