We were on a bus, a train or subway…which was it? on our way to Asakusa to enjoy the celebration of Sanja Matsuri. Sanja literally means 3 shrine festival, with the word matsuri meaning festival. It is one of the 3 great Shinto Festivals filled with the counds of taiko drums, flutes and packed with people and yatai (food stalls) in honor of the 3 men who established and founded the famous Sensoji Temple.
It is an ancient temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan and is Tokyo’s oldest temple!
This meets you at the entrance and is created in red and black is to represent thunder for the Thunder God “Kaminarimon.” The main street that runs in front of Asakusa is named this and is one of its most significant streets.
Nakamise-Dori starts at the temple gates and leads to the main hall of the Sensoji Temple.
There was lots and lots of shopping to do! and many stops for a bite to eat or a drink.
There is the Sky Tree that we saw earlier!
Every float had revelers garbed in different colors. They would carry the float while jostling it up and down and shouting! Lots of hard work and it was HOT!
He stopped to pose for me!
A juxtaposition of the old and the new!
aren’t they precious?
this was Debby’s picture as she found a dog dressed in ceremonial garb!
It was a long hot day and what did we do that night? Well I am sure after something to eat, I crashed in my room and watched a baseball game!
The next 2 days of our trip will be all about beads, so stay tuned!
and for now, I will say…sayonara