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Asakusa Firefighters – Ceremony

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 29, 2014

Every year behind the grand Sensoji temple in Asakusa the firefighter’s associations of Japan gather to hold a ceremony to commemorate the ones who have fallen. During the ceremony, representatives from the 88 different traditional groups perform ladder acrobatics and their famous matoi dances, a recurring motif in art and dolls in Japanese culture. About 1000 people participate in the ceremony which is held on the last Sunday of May. I blogged quite a lot about this last year so please go read last year’s post if you are interested in learning more!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am completely in love with these ladder acrobatics and the imagery associated with traditional Japanese firefighters, so please excuse me for indulging in yet a few more matori-heavy posts!

The ceremony itself, despite being fantastically entertaining, free and quite photogenic, is almost completely unknown to the general public and most of the regular people who turn up to watch are tourists to the temple who just happened to wander past. If you are in Tokyo in late May you really should come and see this!














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  1. Mikku said, on May 29, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Great report and photos, as always. I didn’t know about this ceremony so will try to make it there next year. Thanks for posting!


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