Friday, September 26, 2014

Foreign Friday

Bare flat-bed of a festival float
Misawa, Japan
Autumn 1980

I've featured festival floats in previous Foreign Fridays, but today's photo shows the base of the float and how they are not only pulled by individuals but also steered by someone inside the float.

Update: Just to clarify, the trailer does not have a motor. The steering wheel allowed the trailer, which was pulled by individuals, to maneuver the narrow streets during the parade.


  1. Didn't even notice that until you pointed it out.. Guess you will never see the driver once it is all decorated:)

  2. The steering wheel is sticking up from the middle of the flatbed? And it's pulled by people? Interesting!

  3. I love the steering wheel through the floor. It's hard to believe that such ornate floats have such humble beginnings.

  4. always interesting NANCY! I didn't know someone in the float steered too

  5. Curious! I learn so much from your posts...

  6. It doesn't look terribly safe, does it?

  7. Reminds me of the Rose Parade Floats that all have drivers in them, somewhere. But they are all powered by motors not people.


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