On Sunday, May 21st, the JapanVisitor blog was all about the Sanja Matsuri Festival in Tokyo's Asakusa district.
In this second installment we present you with a short video of some of the action.
This clip is of one of the portable shrine (omikoshi) teams bearing their shrine through the streets of Asakusa. Nothing, of course, beats being there: the sights of one of Tokyo’s grittiest neighborhoods thronged with the old and young, the preened and tattooed; the smells of the stalls selling takoyaki octopus balls, kasutera custard dumplings, toffee apples, and all other manner of snacks, the smells of garbage, of sweat, of incense around the temples; the sounds: a constant drumming and fifing rhythm behind the roars and shouts of the shrine bearers and the excited yells of the crowds and shrill cries of the kids.
However, the video will give you a good idea of what it's like, and perhaps prompt you to pencil it in for next year.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006