Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival

The Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival or the Annual Festival of Hanazono Shrine was held from May 29-30, 2010.

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The Hanazono Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the middle of Shinjuku, Tokyo. This shrine was founded in the mid-17th century.

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There were a lot of stalls setup in the shrine selling food, drinks, snacks, etc.

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The mikoshi (portable shrine) was carried enthusiastically by townpeople though the busy streets of Shinkuju.

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There were 4 mikoshi and each group wore different colored happi coats (brown, white, grey and yellow).

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All 4 mikoshis came together at one of the intersections.

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After a few words by the dignitaries and some cheering by all, the mikoshis were carried around the intersection area several times before each going its separate way again.

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It was controlled chaos and was a lot of fun to watch.

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5 thoughts on “Hanazono Shrine Grand Festival

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  3. Thanks for the explanation. I happened upon the meeting of the four mikoshi and had no idea what the occasion was.

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