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Mitama Matsuri – Nebuta Dancers

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 17, 2015

The second day of the famous Mitama Matsuri at the Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo we were treated to the always colorful, and loud, Nebuta dancers. This festival which is traditional in northern Japan makes a few guest appearances here and there in Tokyo throughout the year, the giant paper sculpture floats are always a hit with the audience and the peculiar rhythm and chanting is fun to listen to. If you have a chance this year, go to see the other much bigger Nebuta celebrations in and around Tokyo later this summer!

The Mitama matsuri was quite peculiar this year, without the usual food stalls and huge crowds it was much quieter and smoother than usual. Not bad in my opinion! It will certainly be interesting to hear the official evaluations form the shrine itself. The next big people’s festival at Yasukuni Shrine will be the New Year’s Celebrations in December 31st to the first few days of January.

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  1. Mikku said, on July 18, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Great photos! I was lucky enough to see the nebuta matsuri in Aomori a few years ago and it’s definitely worth a visit, as is the similar (and similarly-named) but lesser-known neputa matsuri in Hirosaki.

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    • tokyobling said, on July 21, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Thank you! I have still never been to the real festival and had never heard of the neputa festival! Much still to discover over here! (^-^)

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  2. valentinalahelada said, on July 21, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful Photos! Thank you for sharing!

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