Shitaya Shrine Matsuri – Ueno Festival
This year’s annual Shitaya Jinja Matsuri in Tokyo’s Ueno district takes place on May the 9th, 10th and 11th! The peak is today so if you are in town I can really recommend this fun festival. It marks the first of the big “downtown” festivals of the year in central Tokyo and it is usually a favorite of hotel staff and tourists information bureaus all over Tokyo. Easy to find and a great festival to to visit both for festival veterans and for tourists.
I took these photos on the evening of the second day, when the omikoshi of the various neighborhoods in the “parish” take turns coming up in front of the main shrine building. There were quite a few of them although they are all supposed to finish before dark the processions carried on long after the sun had set. These omikoshi are smaller, but the massive shrine omikoshi is due out on the streets today. It will be preceded by shrine officials and more musicians.
Last night was warm but very windy here in Tokyo, ideal for a tour of duty underneath an omikoshi!