Most viewed - Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival 浅草三社祭
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The golden sculpture is atop the Asahi Beer building in Asakusa. It's supposed to be beer froth, but most people think it looks like doo-doo.260 views
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Sanja Festival250 views
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The three-day Asakusa Sanja Matsuri is held during the weekend of the third Sunday of May. Numerous portable shrines (mikoshi) parade all over Asakusa amid huge crowds. Most of these photos were taken on May 17-18, 2008. (B/W ones taken some years ago.)242 views
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri187 views
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Tekomai geisha175 views
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri172 views
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Sanja Matsuri: Not sure if this is a geisha group or a kabuki group.151 views
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Golden Dragon Dance (Kinryu no Mai).145 views
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White Heron Dance (Shirasagi no Mai).133 views
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On the second day (Sat.) of the Asakusa Sanja Matsuri at noon, numerous mikoshi (portable shrines) gather behind Sensoji temple, and wait their turn to depart for the streets of Asakusa.130 views
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Sanja means "Three Shrines," dedicated to the two fishermen who found the Kannon buddha statue and the wealthy landlord who converted them to Buddhism. The statue became the object of worship that founded Sensoji Temple.124 views
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri119 views
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri in front of Sensoji temple.115 views
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Mikoshi and the infamous beer sculpture.93 views
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Never too busy for a phone call.90 views
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From 12:30 pm, amid a sea of people, the mikoshi leave one after another. 観音本堂裏広場に集合86 views
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A sea of people in front of Sensoji temple in the area I call "The Pit."78 views
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The mikoshi passes under Kaminarimon Gate, a symbol of Asakusa. The giant red lantern is collapsed upward to make room.76 views
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The mikoshi is brought in front of Sensoji temple one after another from all directions.73 views
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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri72 views
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Dolls representing three of Asakusa's most famous festivals appear. This is Sanja Matsuri. On the right, notice the foreign woman doll with blond hair.70 views
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Taiko drummer68 views
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Mikoshi bearers67 views
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A higher view.64 views
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Drunkard on street64 views
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The mikoshi come from over 40 neighborhoods of Asakusa. 氏子各町神輿連合渡御、発進63 views
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The same man some years before??63 views
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Mikoshi drummer63 views
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Kaminarimon-dori road is closed to traffic during the festival. Unlike other Asakusa festival processions, there is no parade route. The whole area is teeming with portable shrines. Kaminarimon-dori, Nakamise arcade, and Sensoji temple are main areas.62 views
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Festivals are tiring.61 views
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Kaminarimon-dori road during Sanja Matsuri61 views
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They are deified by Asakusa Shrine next to Sensoji Temple. The festival's formal name is Asakusa Jinja Reitaisai. The festival's formal name is Asakusa Jinja Reitaisai.60 views
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A mikoshi in front of Asakusa Shrine.60 views
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Above the Asakusa Tourist Information Center is this clock which opens and chimes every hour. This clock is no more since a new building for the tourist information center opened in April 2012.60 views
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This is what it looks like at the ground level in "the pit."55 views
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Asakusa Sanja Festival51 views
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Asakusa Shrine also has a stage for various entertainment such as an Asakusa geisha dance.50 views
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The Sanja Festival is known to have many yakuza gangsters participating. However, I hardly saw any this year. Perhaps because the three Sanja mikoshi were not paraded this year and they could not ride on it half naked. Or they were all covered up.50 views
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Tekomai hairstyle50 views
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Panoramic shot of a mikoshi n front of Kaminarimon Gate. I was in a tight squeeze during this shot, mixed in with the mikoshi bearers.47 views
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This mikoshi is heading to the front of Sensoji temple. I followed them.46 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.46 views
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Quite a few women carried the mikoshi too.45 views
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Festival music (drums and flute).45 views
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Heading to the front of Sensoji temple.43 views
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The three Sanja mikoshi portable shrines dedicated to the three fishermen who founded the Kannon statue. Unfortunately, the parading of these mikoshi was canceled this year (2008) because people always stood on the beams to ride on it.41 views
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Some foreigners also carry the mikoshi.41 views
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A sea of people.40 views
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Phoenix atop the mikoshi roof.39 views
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What it looks like from the left side of Sensoji temple.39 views
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One funny old man took his bicycle right through the crowd. He was soon escorted out.39 views
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The mikoshi rests too.38 views
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They receive their blessings, then leave.37 views
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After passing through Hozomon Gate, they enter Nakamise shopping arcade.37 views
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"OK mom, I'll pick up the bread, milk, cereal, and natto after this festival is over."37 views
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Mikoshi for the kids too.37 views
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Mikoshi passing through Asakusa Shrine, right next to Sensoji temple.37 views
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Ladies with flower hats37 views
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Headband36 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade.36 views
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Left side of Sensoji temple, in "the pit."35 views
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And taiko drumming.35 views
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Geisha35 views
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People are not supposed to stand on the mikoshi.35 views
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On the left, the mikoshi navigator refers to his festival map and schedule.35 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade34 views
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Float for festival music.34 views
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This is what it looks like in front of Sensoji temple.33 views
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The mikoshi also leave Sensoji temple and head to the Nakamise shopping arcade.33 views
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The Sanja Matsuri also includes a small but photogenic procession of geisha. Tekomai geisha lead a small group of geisha and other characters.33 views
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Heading for Kaminarimon Gate.33 views
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They look pretty anyway.33 views
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Mikoshi also depart the left side of Sensoji temple.32 views
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Asakusa Shrine torii.32 views
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OK, break time is over and they pick up the mikoshi.32 views
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What it looks like when you carry the mikoshi.32 views
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Crowded even along Nakamise shopping arcade's back alley.32 views
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Meanwhile, inside Sensoji temple, worshippers who managed to squeeze through the crowds go inside the temple to pray.31 views
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Worshippers line up to pray at Asakusa Shrine.31 views
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Police watch the crowd on Kaminarimon-dori31 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade, heading to Sensoji temple.31 views
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Tekomai geisha31 views
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Heading to Hozomon Gate.30 views
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Heading down Nakamise shopping arcade.30 views
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Storehouse for the three Sanja mikoshi portable shrines.30 views
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Passing through Kaminarimon Gate.30 views
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Nakamise shopping arcade, heading to Sensoji temple.30 views
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Area in front of Kaminarimon Gate29 views
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Ice cream break.29 views
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Passing through Nakamise shopping arcade, heading to Sensoji temple.29 views
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Heading for Kaminarimon Gate.29 views
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I caught up with the geisha procession.29 views
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Taking a break in front of Kaminarimon Gate.28 views
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Passing through Kaminarimon Gate. This group is from Kaminarimon.28 views
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The geisha group at Hozomon Gate.27 views
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Under Kaminarimon Gate.27 views
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Behind us was also a big crowd.27 views
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