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Shinto Rituals at Kitazawa Hachimangu

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 5, 2014

One of the main draws of the annual grand Kitazawa Hachimangu festival in Tokyo’s Setagaya District is the beautiful shinto rituals and dances that are performed at the shrine’s Kagura stage. I took these photos of the performances at this year’s festival a few weeks ago. The children and young people who perform these rituals with such seriousness are really fantastic. I am already looking forward to next year’s festival!


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  1. Timi said, on October 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    The little girls with the maple leaves are my vote from all the pictures, they remind me of someone but can’t get it who..still lovely. They took it really seriously as I see 🙂


  2. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 8:31 am

    i’m surprised to see the costumes they wear don’t look like typical kimonos. dare i say they have some korean look to them.


    • tokyobling said, on October 15, 2014 at 12:17 am

      I am not too familiar with Korean costumes, but the happi coats at least are very typical Japanese festival costumes these days! They used to be worn by all merchants and tradesmen back in the old days.


      • rudyhou said, on October 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

        i think i’m just used to seeing the typical kimono type of costumes when it comes to japanese traditional clothing. i certainly need to travel more in japan to be exposed to all sorts of traditional outfits.


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