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Kitazawa Hachimangu Matsuri – First Day

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 7, 2014

If you are in Tokyo today you can do worse that to visit one of the three festivals in either Kiba, Jiyugaoka or this one, in Shimokitazawa’s Kitazawa Hachimangu Grand Shrine. Yesterday was the opening, with religious ceremonies and plenty of performances of traditional (and some not so traditional) arts and dances at the shrine’s Kagura, or “holy stage”. We luckily dodged the rain that plagued last year’s festival and hopefully we’ll be as lucky today as well! The festival continues tonight with omikoshi, lots more people and lots more performances!

There were many visitors dressed in Yukata, the traditional summer dress here in Japan, and one of them even had the cutest uchiwa I have ever seen, like a little cat.









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  1. oliviaroundtown said, on September 7, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Wow great photographs!


  2. bermaxo said, on September 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Manteniendo las tradiciones …


  3. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

    i like yukata. i feel very relaxed when wearing one. unfortunately, it never includes pockets. hence those who wear one always in need to carry a little bag, which is not exactly convenient.


    • tokyobling said, on October 15, 2014 at 12:27 am

      You are right, but I think we modern people carry too much stuff around anyway! (^-^)


      • rudyhou said, on October 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

        now a days it is almost unthinkable to NOT carry your cell phone or wallet.


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