Kanda Myojin Omikoshi Togyo – Part 1

Kanda Myojin Omikoshi Togyo or Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival) is one of the three grandest festivals in Tokyo, held at Kanda Myojin Shrine, Chiyoda-ku.  The festival as held on May 7-15, 2009 this year. 

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As usual with Japanese festivals, you can find lots food stalls and carnival games.

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Taiko (Japanese drum beating) and Ohayashi (festive music) were performed in the precincts of the shrine continually all day long.

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One of the highlights of this Shinto festival is called Koshin-sai, a colorful procession or parade of people in feudal costumes holding paper lanterns and drawing horen (palanquins).

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The procession, which started and ended in the Kanda Myojin Shrine, was held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, and wound through the streets of Kanda and Akihabara, Tokyo’s famous electric town.

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You can find other coverage of this festival from my fellow Japan bloggers TokyoFive 神田祭り and ThreeStepsOverJapan’s two part blog posting Kanda Matsuri, 2009, Day 1 and Kanda Matsuri, 2009, Day 2.

To be continued …

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12 thoughts on “Kanda Myojin Omikoshi Togyo – Part 1

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize that I’d missed so much by not going to the temple. Sigh. Oh well, I didn’t have enough time to do anything during my break anyway, so thanks for the photos showing me what else was going on (and for the free plug for ThreeSteps. ;-))

    You’re right, we must have been just a few feet apart on Saturday, since we both got essentially the same shot of the tengu.

    • I find that the temples or shrine are the main base of operations for most festivals. See part 2, more pictures in the Kanda shrine.

      Thanks for commenting!

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