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Mikoshi Men

This was taken at the Sanja Matsuri, one of Tokyo’s biggest festivals, back in July. The mikoshi season is almost over now, but there’s a big one this weekend in Tokyo.

It’s called the Oedo Mikoshi Matsuri in Kiba Koen (link is a .pdf) and is held on Sunday October 12. It features 200 groups and has more than 2000 participants, with 13 large-size portable shrines. There will also be traditional performing arts from the Edo Period (1609-1867) and traditional balad singing called kayo. The ballad singing is from 11:00 to 1:00, and the mikoshi are from 1:00 to 3:30.
Access: 5 minutes walk from [Kiba Sta.] of Tokyo-metro Tozai Line,15 minutes walk from [Kiyosumi Shirakawa Sta.] of Toei Subway Oedo Line and Tokyo-metro Hanzomon Line,15 minutes walk from [Kikukawa Sta.] of Toei Subway Shinjuku Line

Samba in the Rain

This photo is from the famous Asakusa Samba Carnival. It’s been happening every year since 1981 when the mayor of Taito Ward invited the winning dance team from Brazil’s Samba Carnival to Japan. The weather for yesterday’s event was beautiful until about 3 pm when it suddenly started to pour. A lot of the spectators quickly headed for home, but the dancers seemed to love it.

Samba in the Rain

This weekend was the famous Asakusa Samba Carnival. It’s been happening every year since 1981 when the mayor of Taito Ward invited the winning dance team from Brazil’s Samba Carnival to Japan. The weather for yesterday’s event was beautiful until about 3 pm when it suddenly started to pour. A lot of the spectators quickly headed for home, but the dancers seemed to love it.


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