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Shirasaginomai Asakusa Parade – Sensoji

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on April 13, 2014

If you are in Tokyo today I can recommend a visit to the huge Sensoji temple in Asakusa to see the rather unique and beautiful white egret dancers – Shirasaginomai (白鷺の舞). Local children together with musicians and performers from the large Yasaka shrine in Kyoto perform in the ceremony that was only revived in 1968 using an old scroll from 1652 as basis for the dance itself.

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  1. Mustang.Koji said, on April 13, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I have read and heard several times that the old culture and social etiquette of Japan is withering away… but after seeing these fine images, there is still hope!

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    • tokyobling said, on April 14, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Thank you Koji! In all honesty, I think things have changed. Everywhere I look I see a resurgence in pride of Japanese culture and customs, and an increase awareness of just how special this country is. I think we have weathered the storm and from now on everything will get better. The bubble and the bubble generation it spawned are on its way out. Young people are well traveled and has much more self confidence. I see great things for Japan!

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      • C said, on April 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        During my last visit, I was told that college students in Japan (or “young people?” – what does that mean anyway? I hear Europeans saying that all the time. Sounds very condescending to American ears) actually are not traveling or studying abroad as much as last decade. And the government wants to incentivize things for more international professionals to come to Japan to work — if you won’t go out to the world, bring the world to you kinda thing?

        If you mean well-traveled as domestic Japanese travel, then that’s cool that there’s a willingness to learn about and understand past culture.

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        • tokyobling said, on April 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

          As you know traveling inside Japan or traveling outside Japan is hugely expensive, and the yen has lost quite a lot of value in the last few years so it is quite possible that the quantity of foreign travel by people not yet settled down, in their formative years, un-married and with no kids, has decreased. I have hunch (no data or scientific studies to prove it) that people are more confident these days, both in themselves and in the country. The huge number of foreign tourists does not detract from this either (I think they break records almost every month recently, again, the weak yen).

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  2. dragonlife said, on April 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Truly impressive!

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  3. Diana said, on April 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures! For me it was Asakusa for this festival or Narita for the Taito drum Parade yesterday, and we ended up going to Narita, which was really great also. I was hoping to see some pictures of Senso-ji though, and your blog really never disappoints!

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    • tokyobling said, on April 14, 2014 at 1:13 am

      Thank you Diana! I think you did the right choice, you will have another chance to see this in November anyway. These photos are from last year’s April dance though. Love your Tumblr, what a great idea to match Tokyo up with NYC! I wish I had partners like that! (^-^) Everyone: go check it out! NYC-vs-Tokyo.tumblr.com

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  4. Cathryn said, on April 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    This is seriously amazing! Wonderful costumes and photos, and your comment above about the resurgent pride in Japanese culture makes me so happy!

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    • tokyobling said, on April 14, 2014 at 2:44 am

      Thank you Cathryn! You are much too kind! But I do think this century will see a new high point of Japanese culture (after Edo of course)!

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  5. Celia said, on April 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Wow, how beautiful! I wish I could have seen this!

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    • tokyobling said, on April 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Thank you Celia! You get a new chance in November at the latest! There are sometimes a performance in between April and November as well, if you can find it posted anywhere… (^-^;)

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  6. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I’m still in love with kids in parades, like these little ones! The dancers are also lovely!

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