Monday, May 20, 2013

Japan - Asakusa Sanja Festival

Akasuka Sanja Festival or Sanja Matsuri, Tokyo.

Sent by Yuki, a postcrosser from Tokyo, Japan.

Sanja Matsuri (三社祭?, literally "Three Shrine Festival"), or Sanja Festival, is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who established and founded Sensō-ji. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May atAsakusa Shrine. Its prominent parades revolve around three mikoshi (three portable shrines referenced in the festival's name), as well as traditional music and dancing. Over the course of three days, the festival attracts 1.5 to 2 million locals and tourists every year. (read further)

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