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Yesterday, Asakusa Sanjya matsuri festival was starting at Asakusa, Tokyo to Sunday. In this festival, the spirits of gods of Asakusa shrine move from shrine to mikoshi, which is an ornate portable small shrine by woods, then Asakusa town’s believers carry their mikoshi on their shoulders and parade. There are three main mikoshi of shrine and about 100 mikoshi of 44 blocks of Asakusa town. Mikoshi seems small box, but they are about 1,000kg each othre, even though many men shoulder mikoshi, they have to need alternation for carrying. At the march, they are shaking mikoshi wildly, it is for shaking deity’s soul (Tamafuri) and waking up their power in order to pray rich harvest and escaping from plague.

Asakusa, Sanjya matsuri, Mikoshi

Sanjya matsuri festival’s mikoshi


Asakusa, Kaminarimon-gate

Kaminarimon-gate’s huge lantern made folding because Mikoshi are passing through under it.

Asakusa, Sanjya matsuri, Mikoshi

Mikoshi passing through the gate


Sanjya matsuri festival

Wearing happi coats


Sanjya matsuri, Mikoshi carrier

Mikoshi carriers


Sanjya mtsuri, mikoshi carriers

Mikoshi is so heavy!


Sanjya matsuri

They are pressing for stop mikoshi because carriers are too exciting to stop soon.


Sanjya matsuri

They are wearing Waraji or tabi


Sanjya matsuri

Hot! Heavy! but Exciting!


Sanjya matsuri, drum and flower

Drum and flower


Sanjya matsuri

Traditional festival costume boy


Sanjya matsuri

Gohei


Sanjya matsuri

Happi, marked “Kaminarimon”


Sanjya matsuri

Cute!


Sanjya matsuri, Tokyo sky tree tower & mikoshi

Tokyo sky tree tower & mikoshi

Sensoji temple

Sensoji temple


Sanjya matsuri

Sensoji temple and mikoshi


Sanjya mtsuri

Sanjya matsuri’s paper lantern


Sanjya matsuri, shide (white sacred paper)

Shide (white sacred paper)


Sanjya matsuri, Phoenix on the top of mikoshi

Phoenix on the top of mikoshi


Sanjya matsuri

Traditional festival costume woman with cellphone

Sensoji temple's five floor pagoda

Sensoji temple’s five floor pagoda

Sanjya matsuri

Mikoshi carriers


Sanjya matsuri's dog

Dog is wearing festival costume


Tokyo sky tree tower and Asakusa town

Tokyo sky tree tower and Asakusa town


Jinrikisya, Asakusa

Jinrikisya, Asakusa


Funawa's imo-yokan(potato sweet bean jelly) & anko-dama(sweet bean paste ball)

Funawa’s imo-yokan(potato sweet bean jelly) & anko-dama(sweet bean paste ball)


Asakusa

Many kinds of shops


Reading palm (fortune teller)

Reading palm (fortune teller)


Asakusa, kimono shop

Kimono shop


Asakusa

Daikokuya restaurant


Wearing Kimono

Wearing Kimono


Notice by police "Prohibits branch shop here"

Notice by police “Prohibits branch shop here” (This wooden boad style is very traditional of Edo period. )


Japanese traditional dancer’s poster


Cyochin, paper lantern

Cyochin, paper lantern (manekineko-cat, daruma, Tokyo)


Cubic rice crackers shop

Cubic rice crackers shop


Asakusa Nakamise's shop

At Nakamise’s shop, shopgirls wear kimono.


Entertainer Tomio Umezawa

Entertainer Tomio Umezawa’s poster (He turns a beautiful lady. Front figure is him.)

It was a moment to raise mikoshi in front of Sensoji temple’s Kaminari-mon gateon on March’s 700-year-festival which was a prologue of May’s Sanjyamatsuri festival. Last night, I wrote this video was May’s Sanjya festival. I’m sorry to confuse them. Anyway, they carried same mikoshi as the same style in March and May, so I hope you enjoy the Japanese mikoshi style festival. 05/20/2012 ( This video is from youtube)

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