Sanja Matsuri

Two weekends ago we were in Sanja Matsuri (三社祭: festival of the three temples), one of the most important Shinto festivals in Tokyo which takes place in Asakusa every year. The main attraction of most of Japanese festivals are mikoshis, some kind of “small temple” that are carried by men and are taken out “for a walk” in the festivals. However for me the best thing about the festivals is not the mikoshis, nor the dances, nor the traditional clothes; what I enjoy the most is the general atmosphere that you can breathe during the celebration of each event. Here you have some of the pictures I took:

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri

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Sanja Matsuri

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Sanja Matsuri

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Just married, congratulations!

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Starbucks just outside the exit of the temple in Asakusa.

Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri

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Matsuri

Matsuri

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Sanja Matsuri

Sanja Matsuri

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3 Comments
  • Giant Beer

    May 24, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Great photos as always. Can you tell me anything about the shoes (tabi?) the men are wearing in several of the shots? I’m referring to the images of the men carrying the small temple – the white ankle length shoes. Some also seem to have black versions. I like the look of them!
    Cheers, Giant

  • David LaSpina

    May 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Love the photos! Especially the monotone shots!

    I wonder how much the princess’s wig weighed… A friend here in Okazaki was picked to be the princess in a edo parade. She said the wig was so heavy that it physically hurt and she had neck pain for a few days afterward.

  • David LaSpina

    May 25, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Oh my mistake, I overlooked the caption. Still, that looks heaver than a normal marriage one. My wife’s wasn’t that big