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Asakusabashi Festivals – Omikoshi

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 1, 2014

This weekend I visited the festivals in Asakusabashi, right next to the Sumida river and south of Asakusa. Starting on Friday evening, the festival runs until Sunday evening and involves three local shrines, taking part together: the Suga Shrine, the Dairoku Tensakaki Shrine and the Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine. I followed one of the omikoshi, the portable shrines used in these festivals around the Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine (銀杏岡八幡神社). The main events of this festival takes place today on Sunday, so if you are in Tokyo and want to see a festival I recommend visiting Asakusabashi!














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  1. Cathryn said, on June 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    The thing I love about these processions is the ancient feel of the actual procession in such an modern, urban environment. That was something that struck me in Tokyo, the tiny shrines totally surrounded by the giant buildings. It’s so interesting.


    • tokyobling said, on June 5, 2014 at 2:51 am

      Indeed. The gap between the modern and the new, between the people and the concrete, it is interesting visually and makes for good photos!


  2. Dina Farmer said, on June 5, 2014 at 7:04 am

    You got very lucky with that beautiful light! This didn’t look like near as big parade as other times that you have photographed. Good job! I love the first shot!


    • tokyobling said, on June 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Thank you! Yes! I actually keep an eye out for days with this kind of light. If the weather report looks favorable I make an extra effort to bring my camera. If the weather is bad, you can still get good photos you just need a different technique and pick different locations.


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