Several of the shrines around Hiroshima had some sort of celebration for the festival. I went to a shrine in Hiroshima in the afternoon to witness one of these celebrations. It started with some sort of ritual in the shrine that involved drumming, chanting and women moving very gracefully with fans and bells.
|Here are the happenings in the shrine|
|Another picture of the shrine. The lighting was tricky and all I had was my phone to take pictures so I apologize for the image quality.|
Next came the ogre and the archer. The "ogre" was represented as a panting and the archer had a pretty impressive looking long bow. There was much ritualized aiming at the 4 directions, up and then down and then the shots were fired. The first two missed, I'm fairly certain this was on purpose to add more drama and the last shot went right between the eyes of the ogre.
|Beans being thrown in to the crowd.|
|Here is a better look at the platform. At this point they had a "kids only" bean catching and had roped off a smaller area for them so that they could catch beans and not get trampled by overly enthusiastic adults.|
|This is what the bags of beans look like. I think the picture is supposed to be a little ogre.|