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[:RU]The biggest festival in Tokyo.[:]

[:RU]Every third weekend of May in Tokyo unfolds one of the most spectacular and colorful Japanese festival — Festival Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa. On the street out thousands of Japanese people in traditional dress, musicians and drummers, Japanese Geisha and members of groups «yakuza».

In this post to knock in a noisy crowd, let’s see what the Japanese dress at the festival, as well as find out what are the sacred portable storage «Mikos».

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Festival «three sacred places» Sanja Matsuri (Sanja Matsuri) is held in the Asakusa district. Asakusa is located in the north-east of central Tokyo, is known for its color and is considered the heart of the old city.

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The place is very lively and popular with tourists.

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Rickshaw.

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Primarily due to the Senso-ji Temple — the oldest Buddhist temple on the territory of Tokyo, and Asakusa Temple and Asakusa Jinja — one of the most famous Shinto temples in Tokyo.

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Shinto and Buddhism are so strongly intertwined that the differences between the religions must not always clear even to the Japanese. At least there is a feeling. For the uninitiated like me — so precisely.

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For 100 yen, you can carry out a ritual, received a piece of paper with some inscription.

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You can also light a ritual wand, clearing the mind and body.

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Another old (probably Shinto) ritual «selfie».

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Large paper red lantern.

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Pagoda of Senso-ji Temple.

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Asakusa is also famous due to the abundance of different shops and stores.

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For example, where you can buy a variety of Japanese sweet rice. By the way, shops at 6pm already beginning to close.

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Let’s go back to the festival.

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Sanja Matsuri is most famous sintoistkim and Buddhist festival. It is held in honor of the three founders of the church.

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An integral part of these festivals — Mikos (mikoshi).

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This portable shrine, which is carried through the streets near the shrine.

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They moved the spirits of «kami» that live in the are stored in Mikos sacred objects: swords, jewelry, mirrors, etc…

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These portable Shrine can weigh a ton.

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Therefore Bringing these sanctities through the streets — a very unusual sight.

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The Japanese believe that the spirits of «kami» like shaking, so Mikos not simply carry on his shoulders and rocking and shaking. Very noisy procession.

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Some of them are women and even small children.

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The Japanese on the streets of Tokyo in traditional clothes during the festival.

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So look overlapped the streets of Asakusa during the festival with the world’s highest TV tower.

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Today everything. Have a good weekend, Friends!

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