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Wall of Lanterns – Kanda Matsuri Parade

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 3, 2015

One of my favorite images in terms of pride, ritual, dignity, and tradition when it comes to the classic Japanese festivals (matsuri in Japanese) are the lantern bearers often found in front of the omikoshi. When several omikoshi team up for a parade, you get several of them lined up, forming a wall, each bearing a lantern with the name of the group or neighborhood they represent. When you have hundreds of them, as in last months massive 400 year anniversary Kanada Matsuri, you get serval opportunities to see these teams lined up and ready to go. At this festival the parades started early in the morning but the sheer size of the festival meant that most of them were not ready to even get close to the shrine until well into the evening. I took these photos near Akihabara station, as one group of omikoshi were waiting for their turn to approach the shrine. In between waiting, there was entertainment in the form of a lion dancer, performing for the kids and adults of the omikoshi teams.

At night the lantern groups look even more impressive. One day I’ll get around to posting photos of that too!

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  1. aktcornelio said, on July 4, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Ah, sad I missed this. Post night photos soon!

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