JAPAN PHOTOS

By Philbert Ono


Last additions - Sanno Matsuri Festival 山王まつり
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Shrine maidens perform Kentosai danceMay 01, 2007
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It was semi-traditional and semi-modern.May 01, 2007
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On the next day June 13, 2004, a Daidengaku troupe performed dances. 大田楽May 01, 2007
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People linger in the shrine after all the mikoshi had arrived.May 01, 2007
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Hie Shrine Sanno MatsuriMay 01, 2007
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Quite a spectacle.May 01, 2007
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In front of the shrine, the priest blesses the mikoshi portable shrine.May 01, 2007
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The portable shrines came one after another.May 01, 2007
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Parish members wait for the portable shrines to arrive. The paper lanterns are written with the names of the parish.May 01, 2007
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They pass through the ring.May 01, 2007
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A mikoshi arrives at Hie Shrine.May 01, 2007
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Parish members reach the shrine.May 01, 2007
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Children dressed as tekomai, Sanno Festival.May 01, 2007
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On the next day on June 12, 2004, was Miya-iri or portable shrines entering Hie Shrine. Led by this cart of festival musicians. 山王まつり宮入りMay 01, 2007
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Crossing the street near Maru-biru Building. They proceeded to Tokyo Station, Kyobashi, Nihonbashi, Shimbashi, and Ginza before returning to Hie Shrine at 5:30 pm.May 01, 2007
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Map of Jinko-sai Route.May 01, 2007
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All the auto traffic and urban noise robbed the dignity of the solemn procession.May 01, 2007
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Crossing the street.May 01, 2007
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Road to Tokyo Station.May 01, 2007
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A mikoshi passes by Tatsumi Turret of the Imperial Palace durng the Sanno Matsuri Jinko-sai.May 01, 2007
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The procession passes by Tatsumi Turret as it leaves the Imperial Palace.May 01, 2007
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During this break period, the shrine priest and other representatives enter the Imperial Palace to pray for the peace, happiness, and prosperity of the Imperial family. Hie Shrine is the only shrine in Japan bestowed with this privilege.May 01, 2007
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Some entertainment.May 01, 2007
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Shrine maidens dance in front of the three portable shrines near Sakashita-mon Gate.May 01, 2007
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Rest stop near Sakashita-mon Gate at the Imperial Palace.May 01, 2007
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Omiko Shrine maidensMay 01, 2007
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Flower float, Sanno MatsuriMay 01, 2007
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One of the three portable shrines.May 01, 2007
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Hie Shrine's Sanno Matsuri Jinko-sai Procession in front of Imperial Palace.May 01, 2007
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The original procession included many high floats. However, due to overhead power lines and overpasses, such floats cannot be included.May 01, 2007
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For a procession this large and grand, the crowd of spectators was extremely sparse. Good for photographers like me, but it was strange.May 01, 2007
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The Sanno Matsuri Festival is one of Japan's Big Three Festivals and one of Tokyo's Big Three Festivals held in mid-June during several days. The main highlight is the Jinko-sai Procession held every two years. The 600-meter long procession consists of about 500 people parading through central Tokyo near the National Diet, Imperial Palace, Tokyo Station, and Ginza. It includes three portable shrines, carriages, and flower floats. Various events are also held at Hie Shrine which holds the festival. Jinko-sai Procession left Hie Shrine at 8 am on June 11, 2004. Before noon, they approach the Imperial Palace. 山王まつり神幸祭May 01, 2007
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The Jinko-sai Procession passes in front of the Imperial Palace.May 01, 2007
   
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