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High-speed Kishiwada Danjiri Festival kicks off in Osaka

A Danjiri festival float dashes ahead in spectacular fashion early in the morning, in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, on Sept. 16, 2017. (Mainichi)

KISHIWADA, Osaka -- The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival -- renowned for its fast-moving floats -- kicked off here on Sept. 16, marking the arrival of autumn.

    Although some of the floats were covered to protect them from rain brought by Typhoon Talim, the festival went ahead in a typically energetic fashion, with participants shouting out "sorya, sorya," an expression representing enthusiasm, to create a lively atmosphere. In total, 22 floats from the Kishiwada area and 12 floats from the Haruki area were used this year.

    The floats all ventured forward together early in the morning on Sept. 16 -- drawing cheers from onlookers as they sped toward crossings, and then rotated skillfully in different directions. A company employee from nearby Izumisano, who visited the festival with her family said, "I can really sense the excellent spirit among the float operators from their positive voices. I was particularly impressed by how quickly the floats turned and then sped off in different directions."

    On Sept. 17, danjiri floats from all of the participating towns will take part in an event at three different shrines including Kishiki Shrine. With Typhoon Talim in the vicinity there are concerns as to whether the event can proceed. However, each community will apparently be able to choose whether to go ahead with or cancel festivities.

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