After paying my respects at Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, I walked out of the temple grounds just as the floats were coming in. It was the day of the Narita Gion Festival when floats parade through various parts of the city. Although I did not time it right, I left the temple just as the floats were passing by the temple gate.
The people pulling the float were lined up in a row, and I could see the float behind them. Each of the floats pulled at the Narita Gion Festival has a different shape, and the people who decorate the floats ride them in different ways. Some floats have the same musicians on them, but some have dolls on the roof along with people, while others have only people on them. The human figures also have fans, lanterns, etc. At this time, the person standing on the roof of the float in front of me was holding a matching bright red parasol.
Looking at the red parasols reminded me of the album jacket of Sergio Mendes' "Look Around," released in 1967. On the cover, the members of Sergio Mendes & Brasil, a pop-bossa group led by Sergio Mendes, are holding parasols for some reason. It is a mystery why Sergio Mendes, who was born in Brazil, used a parasol for the jacket, and it is also a mystery to me too, as I associated the parasol with "Look Around" just by seeing it on the float. I wonder if there is a connection that I can detect subconsciously, although consciously I don't know anything about it.
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