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More Kanda Matsuri Shinkousai

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People by tokyobling on May 13, 2015

One of the biggest events of the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) is the Shinkousai, which is a traditional parade covering over one hundred Tokyo neighborhoods, featuring a parade of priests, gods and shrines half a kilometer long and involving about 1000 people. This year it took place on a Saturday, unfortunately the weather was not perfect but still good enough to keep the parade moving. The parade starts at 0800 and returns to the Kanda Myojin Shrine at 1900. Of course such a long walk requires a bit of stamina from the participants, which explains why most of them are drawn from university athletic clubs, fire fighting departments, judo clubs etc. The costumes and the traditional parade items are something to behold!










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  1. nocturnaltwins said, on May 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Great pictures!


  2. Jonelle Patrick said, on May 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Naturally, although I was at the very same event, your photos are WAY better than mine (><). Once again I'm so impressed at your ability to concentrate attention on the interesting stuff, making the noisy noisy background unimportant.

    And I wish I'd gotten better pictures of the women in red. Do you know what they are supposed to represent?


    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

      Thank you so much! You are much too kind. It took an hour of walking along the parade route to find the best spot, that and asking the staff where they thought I’d be able to see it well. Still, the weather was not optimal. The girls are wearing the Ichimegaza, 市女笠, costumes. I am not sure but I think it is the traveling dress of a temple maiden, miko.


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