Speaking of the festival which tells the visit of summer of Tokyo, the annual festival “Sanja Matsuri Festival” of Asakusa-jinja is famous. It is performed every year on Friday and Saturday, Sunday of May. There is the crowd of 1,500,000 people only in the holding period. Anyway, Sanja Matsuri Festival is great force. The state of the getting out the Mikoshi shrine (miniature shrine) is overwhelmed.
The official name of Sanja Matsuri Festival is called “Asakusa Jinja Annual Festival”. Although it is mistaken in many cases that it is a festival of Sensoji Temple famous for Kaminari-mon in close-by, but it is a festival of Asakusa Jinja Shrine in the same site of Sensoji Temple.
Friday of the first day, the popular great parades as Hayashi-Yatai (festival car), Kashira-Kiyari (festival song),Binzasara-Mai (festival dance),Shirasagi-no-Mai (festival dance) is held around the town of Asakusa.
On Saturday of the second day, 88 Mikoshis of 44 towns which gathered in the open space depart one set at a time, and, receive great purification in Asakusa Jinja Shrine and flock to each neighborhood.
And Sunday of the last day, Miyadashi, Honsha-Mikoshi Togyo (the head office Mikoshi leaving one after another to each town), and Miyairi. Miyadashi refers to taking the portable shrine outside the shrine’s premises, and Miyairi refers to the entry of the portable shrine into the shrine’s premises after the visits.
This day becomes the biggest main event of Sanja Matsur Festival.
The force of Honsha-Mikoshi Togyo of the final day is awful. Because of its excessive heat and intensity, it is called “a wild festival”.
|Name:||Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival|
|Adresse:||Asakusa 2 Chome-3-59, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032 Japan|
|Access:||Tokyo Metro Ginza-sen Line “Asakusa-eki Station” (6 minutes walk)|