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Onoterusaki Shrine Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 22, 2013

Last weekend was torture and heaven at the same time for us festival lovers of Tokyo. First there was the huge annual Sanja festival in Asakusa with hundreds of years of tradition and 2 million visitors. Then there was the huge Ohara Kagoshima festival in Shibuya on Sunday with a rare chance to see a genuine Kagoshima prefecture festival in Tokyo! On top of that we had the once every three year superbly local festival at the Onoterusaki Shrine in Tokyo’s Iriya district, which is actually so close to Asakusa that the omikoshi from the two completely unrelated festivals could share the same border street without any interaction. Naturally I picked the Onoterusaki festival to spend the bulk of my time, because it is the rarest and also because it is so close to the much more famous Asakusa festival there were virtually no tourists at all. I think I saw one or two on both days of the festival, other than that there were almot only locals or people actually involved in the festival procession itself. In other words, Fantastic and just the kind of festival I am always looking out for. Here’s some photos of one of the omikoshi “docking” near the shrine on the first day of the festival. Many more to come!


















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  1. yoshizen said, on May 22, 2013 at 5:18 am

    It’s a strange feeling, me to have seen those scene was 40~50 years ago,
    still find the almost same image today —– ? ? ? Where am I ?
    The atmosphere of the festival, and the portrait of the people participating
    were extremely well captured. Fantastic job, Tokyobling !


    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Yoshizen! I am glad to hear that some things never change! Let’s toast for human traditions! (^-^)/


  2. tokyohamster said, on May 22, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I went to the Asakusa festival last weekend too! We got there a little bit late since we decided to walk there, but it was still lots of fun 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Late is fun too, I heard that things kept on very late indeed on Sunday. Saturday is usually quite by eight or nine though. (^-^)


  3. pk1154 said, on May 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Happy people! Two good men-with-children shots and a wonderful gray-haired fellow (next to last photo). Great way to start my day!


    • tokyobling said, on May 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      This festival was packed with handsome men! Easily one of the best festivals if you’re a middle aged woman (or photographer of any sex). (^-^;)


  4. amadl said, on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Somehow seeing these pictures make me feeL energized and happy..
    Meaning these are another batch of fantastic pictures from you 🙂


  5. thiathiachan said, on May 23, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Reblogged this on My Lovely Life.


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