Photographer's Note

This photograph is taken to Sanja Matsuri of Tokyo Asakusa. Sanja Matsuri festival is a gold spring festival of Asakusa-jinja in Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo performed in May every year. Along with the Fukagawa festival and Kanda Festival, it is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. The festival was held three days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then today was the final day. It had gathered in the place along the route in order that many spectators may look at the mikoshi of a festival. A festival is held per town association, and it turns around its town slowly, applying an energetic shout. At the period of the festival which shoulders a mikoshi, a participant wears a peculiar dress with both of man and woman. They wear Happi and tie the hand towel on head. It looks like suitable to the atmosphere of a festival.

Happi is a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat usually made of indigo or brown cotton and imprinted with a distinctive mon(crest). They are usually worn only to festivals.

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