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Nezu Shrine Festival 2014

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 27, 2014

The Nezu Shrine on the edge of Bunkyo Ward but very close to the neighboring Taito Ward in the old heart of Tokyo is a great setting for a summer festival. The shrine buildings are interesting enough but there’s also plenty of topography, a bridge and a few ponds. One of my favorite shrines in Tokyo the festival is also one of my favorites. I hardly had time to visit this year so I just came for one of the taiko performances but since it was delayed due to the sudden rain (taiko drums and rain does not go well together) I had time to aim my camera at other things for a few minutes. I’ll post images from the taiko performance later!

Nezu Shrine is easy to access from Nezu or Sendagi stations on the Chiyoda subway line, or you can use the Todaimae station on the Namboku line. If you want to do some sight seeing I can really recommend the nice and quiet little neighborhood to the east of the shrine down to the famous Ueno park and the nearby Ueno station. A longer but interesting walk.








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  1. Cathryn said, on September 28, 2014 at 5:12 am

    The photo of those torii is amazing. (No idea what the plural of torii is, forgive me).


    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2014 at 12:31 am

      Thank you Cathryn! You are 100% correct. I didn’t know this until someone taught me a long time ago but in English Japanese nouns are never inflected, so it is “one ninja, two ninja, three ninja” etc. (^-^;)


  2. Michael said, on September 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    What I really love about these pictures and your others is the unadulterated joy on many of the participants faces. It is infectious. Really makes me want to be “to be in that number
    When the Mikoshi goes marching by” (with apologies to Louis Armstrong)


    • Michael said, on September 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      And of course, somehow this comment ended up on the wrong blog post, with no faces showing at all 🙂


      • tokyobling said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:59 am

        No worries, I understand what you mean and I thank you for your kind comments! (^-^) It is hard not to be happy at a festival. It answers so many basic human needs.


    • tokyobling said, on October 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

      Haha… that would be a great mash up! I can hear it in my head already. Someone should make it! But we’d have to find better verb than carrying or marching though. (^-^)


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