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The Sannou Matsuri

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

This week Tokyo is celebrating one of the main festivals of the metropolitan area, the grand Sannou Matsuri based on the Hie Shrine in the center of Tokyo. The festival is not a “people’s” festival as such, it focuses more on the ritual and religious aspects of the festivals hence tend to be cleaner, quieter and not as noisy as the more common plebeian festivals. The main event of the Sannou Maturi is a very long, very protracted procession taking place on a large area of central Tokyo, including Hibiya and Shimbashi. You can read more about this festival by clicking the tags!


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  1. D... said, on June 14, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Don’t you wonder what is going through their minds when they are doing this? I wonder if it’s mundane things or if they are quite focused on the spirit of the procession.
    Like the first pic, the guy to the outer right (my right) looks like he’s up to something and it makes me wonder what that something could be. I am sure it’s my imagination, but his face is so interesting. The last pic the man in the “rickshaw” looks like a feudal lord and if this were a work of fiction, the actual lord would come and embody this poor fellow. For some reason that seems logical, most likely because I’ve watched too much anime over my lifetime.


    • tokyobling said, on June 20, 2014 at 2:58 am

      Yes, it would be interesting to know. But I wonder that about a lot of people. (^-^)


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