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The Dance Of The Golden Dragon – Asakusa

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on December 15, 2012

In the last days of the war there were many air raids over Tokyo, and in the biggest of them all most, if not all, of the Asakusa district in modern day Taito Ward was destroyed in the massive fires. In the years it took to rebuild the main temple, the Sensoji, a few new dances and festivals were put on as a treat for the survivors and those helping out in rebuilding the Asakusa. One of these were the Golden Dragon Dance (金龍の舞), where a troupe of musicians would perform on a cart while eight men whirled around an 18m long 88kg heavy dragon puppet. These days the dance lives on and is put on at the temple three times a year. At the Tokyo Jidai Matsuri, or festival of the ages, I saw it swirling around and entertaining the crowds and particularly the kids and the young ladies. I am sure plenty of photographers were very please as well as the heavy dragon head came rushing towards them! Asakusa, with the new lighting design at the Sensoji temple is one of the absolutely most popular tourist spots in the world!















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  1. akirawolf said, on December 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I like Your posts very much. You perfectly capture expressions and emotions, i wish i could wisit Japan one day. Anyway, does those hats represent drahon horns, or fox ears?


    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thank you for the kind comment Akirawolf! I think the hats aren’t supposed to represent anything, it is just the way they are folded i think! (^-^;)


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