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This Weekend – Shibuya Konnohachimangu Matsuri

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 12, 2014

If you are in Tokyo this weekend and want to experience the fun, music and bustle of a traditional festival you could pick the grand Konnohachimangu Matsuri (渋谷金王八幡宮例大祭) which takes place on both Saturday and Sunday in and around the grand shrine in Shibuya. The festival has everyting: gorgeous and energetic Awaodori at the shrine itself, huge lit paper sculptures of the Nebuta at the Center Gai, omikoshi careening all over Shibuya, folk singing and tons of other events. Even rowing gangs of taiko drummer and impromptu karaoke contests!

There are also plenty of other festivals taking place this weekend like the Hikawa Shrine Matsuri which starts tonight in Akaska, or the Ark Hills Autumn festival also in Akasaka, or the Ikebukuro Brazilian festival, or the Sakurashinmachi Nebuta festival tomorrow.

These photos from all around the festival area is from last year’s festival. Shibuya is an interesting place and packed with people even on normal days, add the weekend shoppers, the foreign tourists and a full on traditional festival and you get a very interesting mix of people and purposes! The three day long weekend means that many festivals carry on until Monday the 15th, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to visit as many festivals as you want!

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  1. Mikku said, on September 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Do you know the time and day of the awaodori?

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    • tokyobling said, on September 13, 2014 at 4:11 am

      I think it starts at the shrine at 1700 today but it is absolutely tiny, just a couple of teams performing set pieces. (^-^;) Not 100% on either location or time!

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