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Sanja Matsuri (Anual festival of the Asakusa Jinja Shrine)

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The wildest festival in Tokyo “Sanja Matsuri” excites early summer

Asakusa Jinja Shrine worships Two fishermen brothers (Hamanari, Takenari, HINOKUMA) and wealthy landlord Hajinomatsuchi, who were involved in the creation of Sensoji Temple.

The anual festival is held every May and is called “Sanja Matsuri”.

Sanja Matsuri is known as the foremost rough festival in Tokyo, and 1.5 million visitors gather in the three days of the festival period and the town is filled with enthusiasm.

On May 18th, after a parade such as accompaniment and dance walks around the city, dedication of “Binzasara Mai” which is the intangible folk cultural property of Tokyo Metropolitan Government will be held.

▲Parades of dance and accompaniment

 

On May 19th, Carrying of portable shrines will be held. About 100 town’s portable shrines will parade from Asakusa Jinja Shrine to each town.

▲Carrying of portable shrines

 

And on May 20th, Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine will be held, and the festival reach the climax.

The bearers compete for the sticks of the portable shrines, and you can see the sight suitable for the name of “rough festival” exactly.

▲Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine

 

Details

Event Name Sanja Matsuri (Anual festival of the Asakusa Jinja Shrine)
Venue Around Asakusa Jinja Shrine
Dates May 18, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Note 【Main Shrine rituals schedule】
May 18th
– 13:00 Parades of dance and accompaniment (This event will be cancelled in case of rain)
– 14:20 Dedication of Binzasara Mai (at the Shrine)
– 15:00 Dedication of Binzasara Mai (at Kagura Den)
May 19th
– 12:00 Carrying of portable shrines
May 20th
– 06:00 Carrying of portable shrines of the main shrine (Miya mikoshi)
Open Hours Depends on the event
Admission Admission Free
Pay for food/drink and product sales at the venue.
Address 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo

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