Tokyobling's Blog

Kagurazaka Festival 2014 – Akagi Shrine

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 26, 2014

It is always a challenge to photography evening time festivals in Japan but one of the most challenging is the Kagurazaka Festival at the Akagi Shrine which is really very dark. It is so dark that one of the local omikoshi has been fitted with LED lights to great effect. It looks fantastic when it goes down the stairs all lit up from inside, surging through the sea of people gathered to enjoy the festival. Still the locals of Kagurazaka are quite in love with their festival and I often see omikoshi-surfers, usually young women or children riding the omikoshi and cheering everyone up. Obviously I have never done it myself but it must be very difficult. This little boy I saw on the first night of the festival when I was just passing through was a true champ of the game! He has one foot each on the two main logs and nothing but the sole of his slippers to keep him from falling off. Small children usually sit down which is probably safer. It must be such a thrill though!

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  1. Michael said, on September 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Arrghh! I just returned from a trip to Japan with my brother. One of my goals was to take him to a Matsuri, and watch the parade, but I couldn’t find any list of them in Tokyo. Where do you find out about all of these? Your pictures are really fantastic, and make me even more determined to find some next time I go.

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