The Sanno Matsuri Festival to be held at the Hie-jinja Shrine in Akasaka, Tokyo. It is officially called “Hie-jinja Shrine Festival”. The Sanno Festival is a festival that is counted with the Kanda festival of Kanda Myojin Shrine, the Fukagawa Hachiman festival of Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine, as the lead of the three major Edo Festivals. It is also one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, and it is a festival filled with lots of people every time.
The Sanno festival is also held every other year at the Kanda festival held in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Basically the Sanno festival takes place in even years, the Kanda festival is held in odd years. The Kanda Festival will take place in May, but the Sanno Festival will be held in June. Originally, it was held on June 15th of the lunar calendar, but recently it began to be held on Sunday in mid June.
The main points of the Sanno Festival are Shinkosai festival on Friday, Kamimachi Association’s Miyairi (ending event of a festival with ending event of a festival with Saturday), Shitamachi association’s Togyo (to be transferred to another place for a festival) on Sunday. This event is the most exciting out of three days. Especially “Shinkosai festival” is the most spectacular ceremony.
Two buildings of Shinto shining Horen (model houses decorating bronze), Mikoshi (portable shrine), festival cars etc. walk along the central street of Ginza with people who have worn dynastic dress. It is the largest panoply at the Sanno Festival, an elegant high-ranking row carries a magnificent picture scroll for a dynasty in the city center. The total number of service staff of about 500 people, and rows will be 300 meters.
The contrast between the dazzling old-fashioned row of the Shinkosai festival and the cityscape of the city center is a must-see. In addition, there are many highlights such as rituals that feel history and ceremony such as ‘kagurabayashi’ (a musical sound of flute and drums) and ‘Sanno Drum’ which can touch Japanese ancient arts, folk dance competitions.
The “Sanno Matsuri” (Sanno festival) is the historical grand festival, as the head of the Edo three great festival along with the “Kanda Matsuri” (Kanda Festival) and the “Fukagawa Matsuri” (Fukagawa Festival). Furthermore, it is counted for the Japan’s three biggest festival. In the Edo era, it was admitted that the Omikoshi and the Festival car were in the Edo-jo Castle, and full of the prosperity as “Tenka Matsuri” (“world Festival”) that the Shogun of each generation after the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu TOKUGAWA worshiped it.
A large number of events are held every day during a period of 11 days and do not get tired even if you go every day.
Other than a solemn ceremony feeling history-laden,many events full of variety are held as traditional Japanese performing art like the Kagura-hayashi (sacred music and dancing performed at shrines) and the Sanno-taiko (drum), and Chigo-gyoretsu (beautifully dressed children’s parade).
In “Hie-jinja Sanno-Matsuri,” “Shinko-sai” is the most gorgeous ceremony.
The two of Horen (imperial carriage) shining conspicuously, the Mikoshi (portable shrine) and the Dashi (float) with the people who wore dynasty attire parade around Chuo-dori of Ginza. The participants are approximately 500, 300 meters in all.
The Shinko-sai makes a tour of inspection in the Ujiko (parishioner) area which is the largest one in Tokyo. The Imperial tour route surrounds the areas of Imperial Palace, Marunouchi, Kasumigaseki, Ginza, Nihonbashi that is the center of Japan. The contrast of the various spots and the old-fashioned line are full of the highlight.
|Name:||Sanno Matsuri (Sanno Festival)|
|Adresse:||Nagata-cho 2-10-5 Chiyoda-ku, Toyo 100-0014 Japan|
|Access:||Tokyo Metro Chiyoda-sen Line “Akasaka-eki Station” (3 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81)3-3581-2471 (Hie-Jinja Shrine)|