One of the highlights of the festival is the puppet show held at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine. Each puppet requires “9 puppet masters to manipulate the 36 strings which make the marionettes move in a lifelike manner, with gestures, turns and other movements” (Wikipedia).
The show takes place in front of the main shrine and the puppets are operated from within the float:
The movements are incredibly graceful and lifelike:
The float being wheeled away for the evening:
Musicians on the float:
Autumn leaves at the shrine: