Yushima Tenjin Shrine Matsuri

Last year in February, we attended an Ume Matsuri (Japanese Apricot Blossom Festival) at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.

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This year, we attended the Annual Festival of Yushima Tenjin Shrine or Yushima Tenjin Shrine Matsuri held on May 22-23, 2010.

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The portable shrine (mikoshi) floats were parked just outside the shrine before the start of the procession.

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The highlight of this festival was called a Shinkosai or a procession of horen (floats) and mikoshi (portable shrines), drawn by townspeople, parading the neighborhood streets around the shrine.

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Different modes of transportation for the dignitaries, such as rickshaws and …

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… horses (under an umbrella).

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The mikoshi was blessed by a Shinto priest along the parade route.

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The procession returned to the shrine passing through one of the stone torii gates – this made for a nice picture I think.

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A short video of the procession.

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4 thoughts on “Yushima Tenjin Shrine Matsuri

  1. Actually, It’s about 1 mile from my office in Akihabara. I used to be able to go there when I had 1 hour for lunch (now it’s been broken up into 2 30-minute breaks). Yushima is also about 1 mile from two museums that I still visit occasionally (the Hyogo cultural museum that’s closer to Tokyo Dome) and Yayoi Yumeji (at the backside of Tokyo University). The next anime-related exhibit at the Yayoi is going to be in one month (The Saga of Guin) and I haven’t decided if I’ll go or not.

  2. Pingback: Photo of the Day: Mikoshi Procession | Konnichiwa

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