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Sanja Festival

Sanja Festival © Fg2
Sanja Festival © Fg2

Sanja Matsuri is the biggest of Tokyo's three great festivals, along with the Kanda and Sanno. The annual celebrations honour the three resident deities of the Asakusa Shrine, whose shrines are paraded in elaborate palanquins called mikoshi. Carried by dozens of men in traditional garb, they're surrounded by chanting worshippers. Some 100 other mikoshi are also carried, intended to bring blessings to the area's inhabitants. About two million people visit Asakusa to pay tribute and celebrate over the three days of the festival. The festivities begin with the Friday afternoon Daigyoretsu Parade.

Venue: Asakusa Shrine area

Date: 14 May 2021