Mitama Matsuri

The Mitama Matsuri (also known as the Soul Festival) was held at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo from July 13-16, 2008.

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This festival is famous for its thousands of lighted lanterns.

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A very large festival, it attracts a big crowd every year.

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Mikoshis (portable shrines) were enthusiastically carried by the local towns people in colorful happi coats.

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Bon odori dancing was held in the evening.

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The haunted house was a very popular attraction.

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As with most Japanese festivals, there were plenty of stall games such as fish scooping …

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… and of course, lots of food and drink stalls, with many people enjoying traditional food and consuming mass quantities of beer.

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See also TokyoFive’s blog post about this event.

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7 thoughts on “Mitama Matsuri

  1. Thanks for the link again.

    Did you see the Nebuta floats?

    At the Mitama Festival it’s a rare chance to see them in Tokyo every year.

    Nebuta is a famous Aomori Pref. event.

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