Festival Q & A

  • Is it possible to repair decorative strings on Mikoshi?
    A:It is possible to repair the edge of the strings if it is frayed or loose.
  • Q:Can you fix a tassel of strings if it came off?
    A:Please contact us, there is a possibility of repair.
  • Q:Is it possible to repair a sculpture on the Mikoshi that came off?
    A:Yes, we can repair it. Please contact us as we would like to check the current status and provide an estimate.
  • Q:We’ve lost a sculpture which was attached to our Mikoshi. What is the best thing for us?
    A:We can produce a new sculpture. Please contact us as we would like to check the current status and provide an estimate.
  • Q:Our Mikoshi is wobbly when we carry it. Is it dangerous?
    A:It depends on how the Mikoshi was set up. However, inside the frame, structural reinforcement may be required. Please contact us. See detail
  • Q:Is it possible to fix the bottom of Ōtori (Houō) where the leg is attached as it sways?
    A:Yes, we can fix it. Please see the details of the repair page. See detail
  • Q:Is it possible to fix the tail feathers of Ōtori where it sways and is almost broken off?
    A:Yes, we can fix it. Please see the details of the repair page.
  • Q:Is it possible to estimate the cost of Ōtori because this part is the only one in poor condition?
    A:Yes, it is. If your Ōtori is in poor condition, it’s better to address the issue sooner rather than later, otherwise major repairs may be needed. Please contact us.
  • Q:Is it possible to fix the Warabite as it is broken?
    A:Yes, we can fix it. We will ask you to estimate the state of the damage.
  • Q:The Fukigaeshimon is missing. Can you make a new one?
    A:Yes, of course. We will ask you to estimate the state of the damage.
  • Q:The metal fitting at the end of the pole is wobbly. 
    A:Please contact us as it may be possible to only adjust it, or it may require processing of the metal fitting and the pole.
  • Q:Part of the metal fittings are missing and the Mikoshi is warped. Carriers might get injured due to this. Can you fix it?
    A:It is possible to fix it by levelling the right shape or reinforcing and repairing the cracks. Metal fittings with cracks or missing fittings may be beyond repair, in which case our craftsmen can make new one by imitating a sample.
  • Q:There is a crack on the pole. Is it ok to leave it and use it?
    A:It depends on the area or the type of crack. We would like to see it first and reply to you.
  • Q:Is it safe to use a pole which is bent?
    A:We would like to see it first to check whether if it is possible to adjust it or not.
  • Q:The edge of the Mikoshi roof is cracked. Should it be recoated?
    A:It is possible that wood damage has occurred if rain has entered the cracks. We would like to see it first.
  • Q:The lacquered roof has become dark and dull. Is it possible to restore gloss and shine like it used to be?
    A:We recommend avoiding to coat oil on the roof because oil may soak into the wood, and it may affect the next lacquering. Please feel free to contact us.
  • Q:Is that possible to fix the Dashi wheels because the iron wheels are likely to detach?
    A:Yes, we can fix them. The wooden part of the dashi wheels (Genji-guruma) deteriorates over time, and a gap forms between the wood and iron wheels. In that case, resizing the iron wheels and shrink fitting (fit the iron wheels by heating a smaller wheel and expanding it at room temperature) is required.
  • Q:Gold plating has peeled off because it was wiped with a cloth when I was cleaning. What should I do?
    A:Adding gold plating over the top of the peeled areas will result in a difference of colour. In addition, we don’t recommend simple repairs if there are metal ornaments and such, because it can’t be beautifully repaired without taking them off. Once we check the condition of the Mikoshi, we would be able to suggest a method of restoration.
  • Q:The holes of the carved metal fittings have become white when I polished the metal fittings with abrasive tool. Is it possible to fix it?
    A:This is a very common case. Most of the metal fittings are made of brass. (As a matter of fact, gold plating is applied on top of the brass fittings.) Therefore, a lot of people use metal abrasives to polish dull metal fittings, which are often confused with brass Buddhist accessories. Unfortunately, gold plating can be removed completely if polished with an abrasive tool. In addition, white solution would be stuck in a hole which has been carved with a chisel. The solution could be solved by removing old chemicals and applying gold plating. We will suggest that for your restoration.
  • Q:Is it possible to repair decorative strings?
    A:The strings can be repaired, only the parts which are frayed or has loosened ends.
  • Q:How much does it cost to repair a Mikoshi?
    A:We will give you an estimate after assessing the Mikoshi.
  • Q:Is there any information about grants that can be received?
    A:We can give you some information on currently available grants. Please feel free to contact us.
  • Q:The condition of the Mikoshi is not good, but we would like to make it look good within our budget. Could we have a consultation?
    A:Yes, we will offer an optimal repair plan based on the state of Mikoshi. Let’s make an arrangement to talk in detail.
  • Q:What is the best way to clean the Mikoshi?
    A:Cleaning after an exciting festival is difficult. We will advise you on a reliable cleaning method.

    Firstly, wipe moisture with a towel or a tightly squeezed towel if moisture remains on the surface. Then wipe with a soft cloth.
    The parts which are dusty or are detailed with gold plates can be cleaned with an air blower. (A rechargeable type is commercially available.)
  • Q:We carried Mikoshi in heavy rain. How should we take care of it after the festival?
    A:You may encounter such sudden downpours.
    First, remove the decorative strings and dry in the shade, as leaving in wet conditions causes mold. The body should be wiped as mentioned above (previous cleaning question), and dried in the shade. We provide maintenance such as dismantling and drying, and then return to you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Q:We don’t have the right size of Mikoshi for kids. How much does it cost and how many days could we borrow it for? What kind of Mikoshi do you have? Is it possible for you to decorate it? Would you be able to deliver?
    A:We rent Mikoshi as well. Please see the details on the rental page.
  • Q:Is it possible to rent a Mikoshi even if it’s not for a festival?
    A : Yes, you can. Mikoshi are used for events such as wedding parties, launch parties and commercial shooting. Please contact us if you are considering this.
  • Q:It is difficult to decorate Mikoshi or Dashi? Could you decorate it instead?
    A:Thank you for asking. Fees would be charged. However, we can provide a lesson how to tie decorative strings for free, because it is the excitement of the festival to decorate with everyone. Please consider this if you are interested.
  • Q:We haven’t used the Mikoshi for years, but we want to use it this year. Do you think it’s fine to use it? Could you check it out?
    A:Yes, we could. Inspection before using and carrying Mikoshi prevents injuries and accidents. Please feel free to contact us.
  • Q:The drum leather has become worn out. Can you renew only one side of the leather? Does the main body have to be repaired as there are a lot of small scratches?
    A:You might be surprised. It is generally better to change the surface on both sides at the same time because it may change the aesthetic of the tacks and coating. However, we provide only one side if it is an urgent request to change the surface.
  • Q:It is hard work to take Mikoshi out and tidy up as the age of people in our neighbourhood association is high. Is there any service to keep, clean and deliver?
    A:Yes, we have. Please access to our homepage “Are you wondering where to store your Mikoshi? “. It is popular for neighbourhood officials.
  • Q:Could we order matching short coats for our neighbourhood association?
    A:Yes, you could. Please tell us your preference such as the fabric materials and how to dye it.
  • Q:Could you make lanterns for the festival?
    A:Yes. We also provide lanterns such as Takahari lantern (a large paper lantern) and Yumihari lantern (a paper lantern with a bow shaped handle) for use in festivals.
  • Q:Could we order Yumihari lantern for housewarming or wedding gifts?
    A:Yes, you could. Besides the name, we can provide a family crest or sign of Kotobuki (written means best wishes) as well.


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