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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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Sensoji Temple at Night – Asakusa

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 8, 2015

A few years ago when the world famous Sensoji temple in Tokyo got a major face lift the the site became the undisputed tourist mecca of Japan, rivaled perhaps only by the Shibuya street crossing. Still, at least in my eyes the grand Asakusa temple wins in my book. Most tourists flock there during the day to enjoy the shops, souvenirs, eateries and throngs of people. Personally I much prefer the temple well after closing time, after the crowds are gone and the temple structures are bathed in a wonderfully warm red light. When I guide friends and relatives around Tokyo I always make sure to include a last stop at the Sensoji, before heading back home.

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