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Children’s Hayashi at Onoterusaki Shrine

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People by tokyobling on May 20, 2015

The great Sanja Matsuri is not the only festival taking place in Tokyo during the third weekend in May, one that is often overlooked is the comparatively tiny Onoterusaki Shrine festival in nearby Iriya. It is heaps more kid friendly and the local streets are basically taken over by kids and families having a good time. With just a couple of Omikoshi and a single tiny dashi it is a hundred times smaller than the nearby giant festival of Sanja. I took these photos of the kids in the local Hayashi team as they performed for the festival goers and the omikoshi teams. Hayashi is the name of the traditional kind of music you see and hear at festivals, always with at least drums and flutes, but sometimes other instruments or dancers are added. The kids were as great as ever! They’ll be professional by the time they grow up!

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More Sanja Matsuri Saturday Snapshots

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 19, 2015

More photos from the great Sanja Matsuri (festival) last Saturday! The weather was not perfect, especially in the morning with a big of light rain, which I guess kept a few people from the festival. It wasn’t very crowded at all! The crowd returned with a vengeance on the Sunday though, which was as crowded as ever! The main action at the festival takes place around the smaller Asakusa Shrine next to Sensoji temple during the Saturday. The Sunday is all about Sensoji itself though.

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Sanja Matsuri – Saturday Snapshots

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 18, 2015

This year’s Sanja Matsuri, the festival of the three shrine, was as massive as usual. Saturday was slightly less crowded than usual but the slack was taken up on the Sunday which was even busier than usual. I took these snapshots of the festival in full swing. By the time I took these most omikoshi teams must have been up since dawn, but they still had a long way to go before nightfall! If you want to read more about Tokyo’s most famous festival, just click the tags at the bottom of the post! More photos to come!

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This Weekend: Sanja Matsuri

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 15, 2015

This weekend is the main two days of festivities in the massive Sanja Matsuri, the biggest festival in Tokyo in almost all aspects imaginable. Over a hundred omikoshi (portable shrines) make the rounds of the district and the shrines and temples, and hundreds of thousands of people gather to watch. Easily the high point of the year for all festival lovers here in Tokyo! I took these photos of the festival in 2014. I hope the weather stays as good this year!

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