A few snaps of the Sanja Matsuri festival in Asakusa.

The Sanja Matsuri festival is held once a year at Tokyo’s oldest temple. It is one of the three shinto festivals in Tokyo and it is held in honour of the three men who founded the temple as early as 645 AD. It’s a three day long festival that involves dancing, music and processions of the shrines from inside the temple in the streets. Millions of people come to see these shrines, usually locked away inside the temples. The local residents vie for the honour to carry them around.

We were only able to go on the Friday and all the ‘hard core’ celebrations were to happen on the Sunday, but it was enough to catch the vibe of nearly a million people gathered together to see these shrines in person and the festivities that went with it. The festivities were accompanied by dozens of Japanese food stalls, which are one of my favourite things to walk around in Tokyo. Tokyo street food really is something special! Where else can you get octopus tentacle baked in a ball of batter and chocolate covered bananas!

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More blogs about Tokyo…

First impressions of Japan

J World in Sunshine City – East Ikebukuro. Anime Heaven for kids and adults!

Hanami Season in Tokyo – beautiful Cherry Blossom!

Amazing Soba near Ogawamachi Station – Soba and Tempura!

Or go straight to the Tokyo section of my blog for a full list of posts!

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