Must see: Tokyo’s Kanda matsuri (only once ever four years!)

Until Wed May 15, 2013 Kanda Shrine and surrounding area

Kanda matsuri, only once every four years.

Kanda matsuri, only once every four years.

One of Tokyo‘s greatest traditional festivals returns this month, after a four-year absence. The Kanda Matsuri is traditionally held on odd-numbered years, but the 2011 event was cancelled in the wake of the Tohoku disaster. The festival consists of a week-long succession of ceremonial rituals and parades, centering around Kanda Shrine. The highlights are on May 11, when hundreds of people parade through Kanda and the surrounding area, bearing mikoshi (portable shrines) and accompanied by Shinto priests on horseback; and on May 12, when the locals take to the streets with nearly a hundred portable shrines of their own.

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