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Hanazono Shrine Festival – Shinjuku

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 25, 2014

One of the many festivals taking place this weekend is the grand Hanazono Shrine festival deep in the heart of Shinjuku! This year is the grand festival taking place every other year, where the big shrine omikoshi gets take out on a tour of the parish. I visited early on the second day of the three day festival and from the looks of it it must have been a wild first night! The second day is quite quiet, as the big celebrations are today, on the Sunday.

Hanazono Shrine is quite well hidden to the west of Kabukicho but with all the market stalls and the smell of food it should be easier to find this weekend! It is famous for being the shrine to go to if you want success in the entertainment industry and many famous singers and actors go there to pay their respects, both before and after their careers take off.

If you are free today I recommend visiting this great festival in Tokyo’s capital City, Shinjuku!












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  1. strifys1groupie said, on May 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Studentstreetstyle and commented:
    I wish I could be there… ^^


  2. Anas Azhar said, on May 26, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Reblogged this on JoUrnal to sUccess and commented:
    certainly happy to be there …. i wish …


  3. Jonelle Patrick said, on May 26, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    As always, you manage to capture the flavor of the festival! Bonus points for gorgeous shots – I know from experience how hard it is to get nice pictures of this shrine. It’s a gorgeously restored building, but the grounds are usually so grim-looking! During a festival, they look much more appealing, plus, you captured them from wonderful points of view! (And heh, I bet if you went at the right time, you’d see some very interesting Kabucki-cho denizens paying their respects…)


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