Last weekend saw the massive Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri in Tokyo’s Tomioka Hachimangu, Koto Ward. It ran from the 13th to the 17th but I only mananged to visit on two of the days, missing the grand finale on Sunday. The festivals is famously known as the Mizukakematsuri, or Water splashing festival for the focus on drenching the omikoshi and the participants in water.
The festival grows to many times it usual size once every three years when the grand fesitval takes place. 2014 was one such year! Your next chance to the grand version of this festival is in 2017.
The grand festival at the Kitazawa Hachimangu near Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa district is one of my favorites of the “larger” smaller festivals. There are so many things to see and lots of performances and some very very dedicated local people taking part in the festival. I took these photos in black and white at last year’s festival. This year’s festival is coming up in September!
In case you wondered about the omikoshi you see at festivals throughout Japan, they usually weigh about a ton each, but there is one truly gigantic omikoshi here in Tokyo. This is the fearsome beast of a shrine, weighing in at four and half ton, I can’t even begin to imagine how it would be handled. I took this photo of it earlier today at the Tomioka Hachimangu Grand Shrine in Tokyo’s Monzennakacho district. You can see this omikoshi in operation only once every three years, and I believe this chance is tomorrow! So if you are in Tokyo, here’s a grand way to spend your Sunday!
Once every three years the grand Tomioka Hachimangu in Tokyo’s Monzennakacho hosts the massive Fukagawahachiman Matsuri (深川八幡祭り), or as it is known in Tokyo, the water festival. It actually runs every year but once every three years it more than doubles in size growing from massive to truly enormous! Although it already started on Wednesday this week there is still a lot of things going on, not least a chance to the biggest omikoshi in Japan, a truly massive and awe inspiring hulk of a portable shrine. I made a quick visit last night to enjoy the festival atmosphere and it seemed as promising as usual! If you are in Tokyo right now and tomorrow Sunday, there’s is no reason not to go and see this festival!
You can see my posts from the last Fukagawahachiman Matsuri I visited here: