The Sanja Matsuri was on Friday 18th ~ Sunday 20th of May. It is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo.
The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who established and founded Sensō-ji temple. Sanja Matsuri is held on the third weekend of every May at Asakusa 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.
This year was the first Sanja Matsuri for me.. unfortunately, rules this year were really strict about tattoo, and gang mark, so I didn’t see anyone with tattoo dancing on the mikoshi as it happened a lot in the past..

HOW TO GET THERE

 
When?:Third weekend of every May
 
By train:Asakusa station
Toei Asakusa Line (A-18)
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G-19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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