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Mitama Matsuri – Bringing in the Omikoshi

Posted in Japanese Traditions, Places by tokyobling on July 15, 2015

More photos from the grand Mitama Matsuri taking place at Tokyo’s centrally located Yasukuni Shrine, from Monday to Thursday this year. I was there on the first day of the festival to see the beautiful Omikoshi (portable shrine) being carried all the way up the shrine, pausing a few times on the way to let the people carrying it catch their breath. This is one of the most prestigious omikoshi in the capital, so there is quite a lot (good hearted, usually, but not always) jostling for the most honorable spots underneath it! A few people also took the opportunity to pose with the omikoshi before the last spurt under the great gatehouse. Since the festival is tied in with the traditional tanabata celebrations there are usually some very colorful decorations hanging from the front of the grand gatehouse.

If you are in Tokyo, don’t miss the last day of the festival tomorrow! It is better than ever this year!

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  1. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 8:05 am

    the way they lined up the many lanterns to create high walls looks very stunningly eye-catching and impressive.

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