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.
As usual with Japanese festivals, you can find lots food stalls and carnival games.
Taiko (Japanese drum beating) and Ohayashi (festive music) were performed in the precincts of the shrine continually all day long.
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).
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.
To be continued …