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Tokyo’s Grandest Festival Sanja Matsuri Is Back This Year!



One of Tokyo’s largest and most famous conventional festivals returns after a break of two years; nevertheless, the length is decreased to solely two days this 12 months. It was first held in 1312; it commemorates the lads who created the Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple. In the pre-Covid period, it could entice greater than 1 million guests to the world all through the competition.

The most memorable a part of the competition happens on Saturday when three Mikoshi (transportable shrines) are transported throughout Asakusa. Local residents sometimes take turns and generally struggle to see who will get the respect to hold the Mikoshi. However, this 12 months, the Mikoshi might be carried by a unicycle to keep away from enormous crowds. On Saturdays, there’s normally an occasion known as the Chonai Mikoshi Rengo Togyo. Around 100 Mikoshi from 44 districts throughout the area are gathered to be cleansed within the Asakusa Shrine, adopted by a procession of monks, musicians, and others. This 12 months, nevertheless, it’s not taking place. Mikoshi’s conventional parade might be round Asakusa Shrine from 1 pm.

Note {that a} small portion of Japan that isn’t usually accessible to vacationers is now open to the general public on this location. The competition is most well-known (overseas) as a result of many sheer Yakuza who’re current and participate – so If you occur to see a gaggle of closely tattooed, oft-shirtless Japanese, each ladies and men be sure to don’t piss them off and make sure to request for permission to snap photos. In common, they’re within the occasion to showcase their energy and their tattoos and seem to understand the eye they obtain.

Tokyo’s Biggest Festival Where Yakuza Flex Their Tattoos 

Tattooed ladies  may also be on the streets on their underwear to show their physique paintings proudly to the general public.

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Tattoos are the image of bravery and power for the Yakuza. Images of dragons, samurais, and koi fish as a few of the extra well-known tattoo designs.

Yakuza-style tattoos do NOT normally garner the approval of all classes in Japanese society, with many public baths or “onsens” excluding tattoos totally in an effort to discourage the gang members from going.

Sanja Matsuri competition and parade that takes place through the third weekend of May annually. It’s function is to bless the world with luck and prosperity for town of Asakusa and its residents.

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Source: Albawaba , TimeOut

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