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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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More Kanda Matsuri Shinkousai

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People by tokyobling on May 13, 2015

One of the biggest events of the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) is the Shinkousai, which is a traditional parade covering over one hundred Tokyo neighborhoods, featuring a parade of priests, gods and shrines half a kilometer long and involving about 1000 people. This year it took place on a Saturday, unfortunately the weather was not perfect but still good enough to keep the parade moving. The parade starts at 0800 and returns to the Kanda Myojin Shrine at 1900. Of course such a long walk requires a bit of stamina from the participants, which explains why most of them are drawn from university athletic clubs, fire fighting departments, judo clubs etc. The costumes and the traditional parade items are something to behold!

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Kanda Matsuri 400 Years

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 12, 2015

This year’s Kanda Matsuri started last week and the peak was this weekend. The Kanda Matsuri is a festival centering on the huge Kanda Myojin in central Tokyo, right between Ochanomizu and Akihabara stations. It is usually a massive festival but since this year was the 400th anniversary so it was larger than ever. I took these photos on the Saturday, in and around the shrine. More photos to come!

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