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Tomioka Hachimangu Water Festival – 1

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 1, 2012

In Tokyo’s Monzennakacho (門前仲町) district one of the city’s most famous water festival take place every year, organized by the Tomioka Hachimangu (富岡八幡宮). In mid summer teams from all over the area surrounding the great shrine gets hosed down in what can only be described as ritualized water warfare. In the good old days locals would prepare river water to meet the omikoshi carriers on their way to the great shrine, but these days they have support in the form of several teams of firefighters with industrial strength water pumps and great big hoses. This is a huge festival for locals and it spans over several days with the main water even taking place on the Sunday but many local water battles in the days before that as well. This year’s festival was even bigger than usual because of a “surprise” visit by the Emperor himself! Unfortunately, by the time he got there my camera had already shorted from the copious “washings” I got from the people on the mobile swimming pools at the sides of the streets leading up to the great shrine. I took lots of fun photos before that however, and I’ll be dividing them among four posts all in all. Here’s the first one. Enjoy!











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  1. Emma Reese said, on September 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    A great festival for a hot day in Tokyo! I hope your precious camera was OK.

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    • tokyobling said, on September 10, 2012 at 2:46 am

      Haha… it wasn’t, but I finally picked it up from the repair shop today, as good as new, I hope! Poorer but happy nonetheless…

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  2. Timi said, on September 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This sure looks and sounds lively, and and it’s an especially nice thing to do in summer!
    Waiting for more shots! 😀

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  3. tokyohamster said, on September 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Great shots – especially the ones with water! I love the one with the little boy!

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  4. tokyo5 said, on September 18, 2012 at 1:58 am

    I participate in this festival every three years (the festival is held yearly…but the “main festival” is every third year).

    I wrote a post about it too:
    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/mizu-kake/

    Feel free to visit my blog…and comment!

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    • tokyobling said, on September 18, 2012 at 3:33 am

      Hi Tokyo5! Thanks for the comment! That’s some cool photos, I didn’t get to see all of the festival this year, but I’ll be back the next time!

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      • tokyo5 said, on September 18, 2012 at 5:39 am

        Too bad you missed the end. Just before they put the mikoshi away is when the most tossing, turning, etc is done. It’s the climax.
        It’s fun to watch…but very tiring for those of us doing it!

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