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Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri – The Biggest Omikoshi

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on August 16, 2014

In case you wondered about the omikoshi you see at festivals throughout Japan, they usually weigh about a ton each, but there is one truly gigantic omikoshi here in Tokyo. This is the fearsome beast of a shrine, weighing in at four and half ton, I can’t even begin to imagine how it would be handled. I took this photo of it earlier today at the Tomioka Hachimangu Grand Shrine in Tokyo’s Monzennakacho district. You can see this omikoshi in operation only once every three years, and I believe this chance is tomorrow! So if you are in Tokyo, here’s a grand way to spend your Sunday!

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