A few weeks before Shimosha’s Onbashira, the unjiko (parishioners) perform an important undertaking called Kizukuri. This is where they make the final preparations to the pillar before Yamadashi. The work is managed by the Kizukuri-shu. They cut the logs so that the harnesses and ropes can be attached and otherwise get the hashira roadworthy. Following that, the Motozuna-shu attaches the harnesses in a job known as wana-guri.

Image above and other 2016 photos courtesy of Akiko Tamura

Moving the hashira into position

Moving the hashira into position 2016

Teko-shu in action 2016

Teko-shu in action 2016

Kizukuri, preparing the log 2010

Kizukuri, preparing the log 2010

Making the cut, 2010

Cutting the holes the harnesses slide through, 2010

Kiyari encouragement, 2010

Kiyari encouragement, 2010

The following wanagiri shots are from just before Satobiki 2010. Included here to show the harness making process.

Wanaguri, attatching the cables 2010

Wanaguri, attatching the cables 2010

Wrapping the harness, 2010

Wrapping the harness with burlap, 2010

And then rice straw rope

Leaving the pillars with two fat harnesses for the two pulling ropes.

Leaving the pillars with two fat harnesses for the two pulling ropes.

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