Today was my town's Shinto shrine festival. Every shrine has a festival once a year where the sacred objects are taken out and placed in an o-mikoshi, which looks something like the ark of the covenent. The o-mikoshi is then paraded around town on the shoulders of local men, accompanied by loud shouts and lots of sake.
The shrine festival is probably the single most important thing keeping Shinto alive in the hearts of the general public.
ONE GOOD DEED: Support my local shrine by playing taiko in its festival.