Sanja Matsuri Festival

If Kanamara Matsuri is rather crazy, then Festival Sanja Matsuri is one of the most classical. It is one of the largest Shinto festivals in Tokyo and is held in honor of the three men who founded the Buddhist temple of Senso-ji. Most of the happening takes place inside the temple itself and part of ot takes place outside on the streets, around portable shrines called mikoshi. The streets are clossed for traffic and walkon can be truly enjoyable. The festival includes also various other events invovlving dance and music. Within three days around 2 milion people visit the festival. It is quite easy to imagine that the festival can get quite crowded. Lets check out the photos.

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Streets are closed for traffic.

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Traditional footwear.

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Even the dog takes a part at the Festival. His outfit draws a number of views.

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The main street with shops in the direction to the temple. Did I said there was an overwhelming crowd? :)

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Display of one of the shops.

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Traditional masks.

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The entrance to the temple.

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Most of those who visit the festival come to the altar, have a quick pray and drop a few coins.

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On the steps to the altar rested a elderly man. I asked him, if I can take his photo: Sumimasen, anata no shashin wo totemo iin desu ka?

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Photographing flowers or an ambush? :)

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Table with a writings.

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Many of the festival performers are also quite relaxed.

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A dog.

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The street behind the Senso-ji temple. Tokyo-Skytree in the background.

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Resting on the floor.

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A portable shrine called mikoshi.

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Participant at the Festival.

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The parade with a portable shrine - mikoshi.

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In this one children took part.

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Already as children they learn the tradition and proper behavior.

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Another Mikoshi on the street and porters in traditional clothing.

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The crowds on the street.

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This gentleman was standing in this pose for a few minutes. It is clearly evident that for the yoga you do not need solitude, quietness and sitting position. :)

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The crowd at the main gate.

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The crowd in front of the temple.

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The crowd at the temple Senso-ji.

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Washing hands.

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Towards the evening the streets are still full of people in traditional clothing.

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It was time for dinner. Most restaurants in Japan have all the dishes diplayed in the windows in the form of a carefully-crafted plastic food. There is absolutely no doubt how the dish looks like when you get it. :)