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浅草神社Asakusa Shrine

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  • Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
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Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan
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Date of post:2015/09/28

Next to busy and crowded Sensoji buddhist temple, this small Shinto shrine quietly and peacefully stands in Asakusa district

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This is located in northeast Tokyo called Asakusa, old downtown and close to city's new landmark 'Tokyo Skytree'.

Around 12th century, this Shinto shrine was originally built and enshrines three persons as gods who related to this shrine. They are two fisherman brothers who found out Kannon Bodhisattva statue from Sumida river in 7th century and a village leader at that time who changed his own house to buddhist temple to store Kannon statue and later became a monk.

The most important time through the year for this shrine is 'SANJA MATSURI festival' occurred in May for three days. During this festival the portable shinto shrine called MIKOSHI is moved around the town by Asakusa locals. By doing so, town people show the gods to other people in order to get them god blessing.

Locals who join the festival wear special outfit called HAPPI, a kind of festival costume, which look like traditional yet very cool jacket.

In SANJA MATSURI festival, 1.5 million visitors come for three days. If you are in Japan on May, you can't miss this!

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