Suga Shrine is an ancient shrine in Asakusabashi, Taito ward, Tokyo, and is said to have been founded in 600 A.D.. Suga Shrine is a Gion shrine meaning it is dedicated to the god Gozu Tenno: a blend of the Indian god Gavagriva and the Japanese god of thunder, Susano-o.
|Parade at the Reitaisai Festival, Suga Shrine, Asakusabashi, Tokyo.|
|The o-mikoshi portable shrine of Suga Shrine being borne down Edo-dori Avenue, Asakusabashi, Tokyo.|
The Suga Shrine Reitaisai festival happened on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, coinciding with the Monomachi event where craft-related stores and workshops: papermakers, leatherworkers, furniture makers, flower shops, and a range of other such businesses throughout Taito ward stage a special weekend of hands-on experiences and specials for shoppers and passersby curious about what they do.
|Two costumed Reitaisai participants, Suga Jinja Matsuri.|
On Saturday, the small shrine buzzed with families - more children, it seemed, than parents, mobbing the candy floss, tako-yaki and other stalls set up in the grounds, and entertained by singers, dancers, bingo games and the like on the permanent stage adjacent to the shrine.
|Ebullient procession at the Suga Shrine festival, May 2016..|
|A flamboyant hat at the Suga Shrine festival, Asakusabashi, Tokyo.|
|Suga Shrine festivities the night before.|
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