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Sannou Matsuri Procession – Plants and Animals

Posted in Animals, Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 23, 2012

A few more photos from the big Sannou Matsuri in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. Most traditional festivals in Japan are very closely related to the ancient Shinto religion, a religion that started more as a folk-lore and in which there are many kinds of spirits, human, natural, animal, even mineral! So it makes sense to acknowledge the natural spirits of even the plants and the animals of Japan in many of the shinto festivals. Here a white horse and a holy tree are used in the 9 hour plus procession around Japan. If you missed it this year, make sure to go see it next year!


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  1. pk1154 said, on June 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I appreciate the last photo.

    Keep. Moving. Forward.


    • pk1154 said, on June 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      It has to be said somewhere, so I will say it here:
      Japanese style potato salad is the most AWESOME potato salad in the world.

      It was featured on Itadakimasu! Dining with the chef earlier this week on NKH World service. I decided to make it with dinner tonight (to accompany grilled beef steak and asparagus). Oh. My.


      • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 9:23 am

        Now you have me curious… I don’t think I have ever tried it? But then again, almost any food here is amazing…!


    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Haha… thanks pk!


  2. D... said, on June 28, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Wait wait wait, I think I see an albino unicorn. Oh no, I think I’m seeing things…


    • tokyobling said, on July 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Haha… we wish! It was hot that day though… (^-^;)


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