So it is at this point that I should explain the Matsuri. It consists of very tough guys (often gangsters or construction workers) carrying shrines through the town and into the ocean in order to bless the ocean in anticipation of the swiming season. It takes all day to cary the shrines through the town. Sounds boring? Did I mention that almost everybody in extreamly drunk, sometimes to the point where they cannot stand? This helps explain why there are so many cops. Macho guys in loincloths + booze + heat + sacred beliefs = fights.