Must see: Sanja Matsuri

Fri May 17 – Sun May 19, 2013 Asakusa Shrine

Fight the crowds at Asakusa to be part of the famous and traditional Sanja matsuri.

Fight the crowds at Asakusa to be part of the famous and traditional Sanja matsuri.

In case you can’t make it to the kanda matsuri, don’t worry, there are plenty of other ‘matsuri‘s (festivals). For instance the Sanja matsuri which will be held  coming weekend. Don’t miss it!

Tokyo’s biggest and best traditional festival celebrated its 700th birthday in 2012, though every year’s a special year where the Sanja Matsuri is concerned. First held back in 1312, the event celebrates the three men who founded Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple, and draws over a million visitors to the neighbourhood over the course of three days. Though there’ll be processions and traditional dance performances throughout the weekend, the highlight of the festival comes on the Sunday, when three enormousmikoshi (portable shrines) are shuttled through the streets of Asakusa, with local residents taking turns – and often fighting each other for the chance – to carry them.

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