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Fukagawa Hachiman Water Festival

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 2, 2014

The annual festival at the Tomioka Hachimangu is a grand event on normal years, but once every third year the festival goes into hyper mode and grows much larger than usual. The 2014 Fukagawa Hachiman Festival was one of these special years and the rituals and celebrations were massive. I could only visit one of the evenings and one of the days but it must have been great. The festival is also known as the water splashing festival and the streets of the processions are lined with shopkeepers and even local fire departments at the ready to soak the participants!

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  1. Evan Blittersdorf said, on September 2, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Man, heading back to Tokyo for the first time in a year in November. All these photos are really making me want to head back. I love Seoul, but the thing that I find amazing about Tokyo, and Japan in general, is how many festivals there seem to be. Seems quite endless. Is this the peak of festival season in Japan? My understanding is the months of July/August are the biggest for festivals?

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    • tokyobling said, on September 2, 2014 at 5:54 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Evan! Festivals are traditionally held during agricultural off seasons, while waiting for the rice to grow and after harvesting. The festival peak was last week and from now on they will slowly fade and reach a nadir at February-March. But even then there are festivals almost everyday, in some village or town somewhere in Japan! There are hundreds of small and large festivals that I haven’t even heard of yet.

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