Shimokita Tengu Matsuri

The Shimokita Tengu Matsuri, or Long Red-nosed Goblins Festival, is held for 3 days in the Shimokitazawa area of Tokyo that is located just minutes from Shibuya Station.  The festivities include bean throwing, a parade and drumming.

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The parade is held on the second day with Tengu (men with long red-nosed masks) marching through the streets and throwing beans.  This year, it was held on January 31, 2009.

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Tengu is the Japanese god of mischief and patron saint of the martial arts and is sometimes referred to as “The Slayer of Vanity”.

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Beans are also thrown during the parade.  Bean throwing is also called “mamemaki”, which is normally held during Setsubun on February 3.  Parade-goers try to catch the beans, thrown in packets or individually as pictured below.

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During the festival, I ran into Samurai Dave (pictured in the brown hat talking to the host), a famous Japan blogger and YouTuber.  You can find his blog in my blogroll to the right.

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The parade ended at Shinryuji Temple.  Finally pictured below are some of the packets containing beans that I caught (which is tough when you also holding a camera).

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4 thoughts on “Shimokita Tengu Matsuri

  1. TokyoFive, thanks for commenting – the Tengu Festival was fun indeed.

    > You met another blogger? How did you recognize him? Did you speak with him?

    I recognized him from his YouTube videos (his username is RoninDave), and we had a long chat. He attends many festivals and cultural events around Tokyo and Japan.

    He also subscribed to my YouTube channel (I was already subscribed to his).

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