Photographer's Note

It is said that ship festival was able to begin Sanja Matsuri based on the myth of three shrines from 1312. It was called the "Kannon festival" or the "Asakusa festival" to the Edo period to the festival which was united with Senso-ji. It seems that the old parishioner was connected with the fair of the Kannon. And, the float is in the mainstream and each town of 18-piece vied in the vigor and gorgeous by a procession of each idea rather than shouldering the mikoshi like now. Now, it is managed by the Asakusa-jinja group supporting shrine activities who consists of 44 parishioners town and an Asakusa association. It's a brave festival which left the air of the Edo downtown area, the brave bearers clothed in the Happi uniform shoulder a mikoshi with sufficient influence. Sanja Festival from which 1,500,000 crowds are expected in three days is one of the true symbols representing the early summer of Tokyo.

A mikoshi is a divine palanquin (also translated as portable Shinto shrine). Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine. Typical shapes are rectangles, hexagons, and octagons. The body, which stands on two or four poles (for carrying), is usually lavishly decorated, and the roof might hold a carving of a phoenix. And, swaying violently has a meaning of swinging the soul of God and making it activated.
- From wikipedia

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