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Asakusa Sanja Matsuri 3rd day 19/22 As soon as the Ninomiya omikoshi gets in the storehouse the hikeshi/firemen of the Shinmon company rush to strip it of its protective white and pink clothing and prepare it for the final ritual of the day when the Asakusa Jinja priests will take the kami deities from it and the other two and return them to the shrine.  #Asakusa, #Sanja, #Matsuri, #Ninomiya, #omikoshi, #Jinja, #hikeshi, #Shinmon Taken on May 18, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri 3rd day 19/22 As soon as the Ninomiya omikoshi gets in the storehouse the hikeshi/firemen of the Shinmon company rush to strip it of its protective white and pink clothing and prepare it for the final ritual of the day when the Asakusa Jinja priests will take the kami deities from it and the other two and return them to the shrine. #Asakusa, #Sanja, #Matsuri, #Ninomiya, #omikoshi, #Jinja, #hikeshi, #Shinmon Taken on May 18, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Mamemaki 1/12 Instead of Sensoji, this year we decided to try something more intimate for the mamemaki (bean-throwing event) marking the setsubun, i.e. beginning of spring according to the old calendar. So we went up Kokusai Dori to Otori Jinja shrine -yes, the same shrine the kumade-selling fair is held. And a small crowd had already gathered #Asakusa, #mamemaki, #Otori, #Jinja, #setsubun February 3, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Mamemaki 1/12 Instead of Sensoji, this year we decided to try something more intimate for the mamemaki (bean-throwing event) marking the setsubun, i.e. beginning of spring according to the old calendar. So we went up Kokusai Dori to Otori Jinja shrine -yes, the same shrine the kumade-selling fair is held. And a small crowd had already gathered #Asakusa, #mamemaki, #Otori, #Jinja, #setsubun February 3, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/7 Like every year, on November 5 (the first Day of the Bird according to the old calendar) we went up to Otori Jinja shrine for the first of the three Tori no Ichi fair were Edo and Tokyo people have been buying their kumade rakes/charms for centuries. #Asakusa, #Tori, #Ichi, #kumade, #Otori, #Jinja November 5, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/7 Like every year, on November 5 (the first Day of the Bird according to the old calendar) we went up to Otori Jinja shrine for the first of the three Tori no Ichi fair were Edo and Tokyo people have been buying their kumade rakes/charms for centuries. #Asakusa, #Tori, #Ichi, #kumade, #Otori, #Jinja November 5, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/2 With only a few hours remaining until the opening of this year's Tori no Ichi festival, the stalls at the Otori Jinja shrine (http://www.otorisama.or.jp/) are getting filled with kumade -this one is, of course, from Matsushita Shoten, one of the two kumade makers being designated "master craftsmen" (or "Takumi") from the Taito Ward. #Asakusa, #kumade, #Matsushita, #Otori, #Jinja, #Tori, #Ichi November 8, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi 1/2 With only a few hours remaining until the opening of this year's Tori no Ichi festival, the stalls at the Otori Jinja shrine (http://www.otorisama.or.jp/) are getting filled with kumade -this one is, of course, from Matsushita Shoten, one of the two kumade makers being designated "master craftsmen" (or "Takumi") from the Taito Ward. #Asakusa, #kumade, #Matsushita, #Otori, #Jinja, #Tori, #Ichi November 8, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Torigoe Matsuri 1/13 Asakusans love a good matsuri so when Torigoe Jinja shrine (south of Asakusa near Kuramae) has its annual celebration they rush in to help -even if it rains heavily! #Asakusa, #Torigoe, #matsuri, Taken on June 7, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Torigoe Matsuri Asakusans love a good matsuri so when Torigoe Jinja shrine (south of Asakusa near Kuramae) has its annual celebration they rush in to help -even if it rains heavily! Taken on June © Grigoris A.

Until their spirits/kami return to the Asakusa Jinja shrine, the three omikoshi remain in the shrine’s grounds –it’s a rare chance to see them from up close outside Sanja Matsuri  #Asakusa, #Jinja, #mikoshi March 18 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Until their spirits/kami return to the Asakusa Jinja shrine, the three omikoshi remain in the shrine’s grounds –it’s a rare chance to see them from up close outside Sanja Matsuri March 18 2015 © Grigoris A.

Usually upstaged by its illustrious neighbors (the Asakusa Jinja shrine and Sensoji) the small shrine called Hikan Inari Jinja, right and behind Asakusa Jinja is beautiful and usually very quiet. Built in 1855, it managed to survive all natural and man-made disasters that devastated Tokyo since; apparently the spirit of its creator, the hikeshi/fireman Shinmon Tatsugoro was very strong! 1/2 Taken on March 28, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Usually upstaged by its illustrious neighbors (the Asakusa Jinja shrine and Sensoji) the small shrine called Hikan Inari Jinja, right and behind Asakusa Jinja is beautiful and usually very quiet. Built in 1855, it managed to survive all natural and man-made disasters that devastated Tokyo since; apparently the spirit of its creator, the hikeshi/fireman Shinmon Tatsugoro was very strong! 1/2 Taken on March 28, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Jinja Omikoshi Dosage 5/6 The last omikoshi (Sannomiya) is descending from Sensoji. After this the three omikoshi will be paraded around Sensoji and brought back to Asakusa Jinja shrine. #Asakusa, #Jinja, #dosage, #Sannomiya March, 18 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Jinja Omikoshi Dosage The last omikoshi (Sannomiya) is descending from Sensoji. After this the three omikoshi will be paraded around Sensoji and brought back to Asakusa Jinja shrine. March, 18 2015 © Grigoris A.

The staff of our next-door restaurant "Charyo Ichimatsu" (http://www.ichimatsu.co.jp/) applauds a newlywed couple leaving in a jinrikisha after their wedding party; it's not unusual for couples marrying in the traditional way (i.e. in the Asakusa Jinja shrine) to have their reception at one of the many old-style restaurants around Asakusa. #Asakusa, #wedding, #bride, #Charyo, #Ichimatsu, #restaurant, #party September 21, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

The staff of our next-door restaurant "Charyo Ichimatsu" (http://www.ichimatsu.co.jp/) applauds a newlywed couple leaving in a jinrikisha after their wedding party; it's not unusual for couples marrying in the traditional way (i.e. in the Asakusa Jinja shrine) to have their reception at one of the many old-style restaurants around Asakusa. #Asakusa, #wedding, #bride, #Charyo, #Ichimatsu, #restaurant, #party September 21, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Mamemaki 8/12 After the bean-throwing, most people gathered at the parking space next to the Otori Jinja shrine for the lottery: shrine attendants were offering paper lots and those with a number in them qualified for small prizes offered by various local sponsors. #Asakusa, #mamemaki, #Otori, #Jinja, #setsubun, #arrow February 3, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Mamemaki 8/12 After the bean-throwing, most people gathered at the parking space next to the Otori Jinja shrine for the lottery: shrine attendants were offering paper lots and those with a number in them qualified for small prizes offered by various local sponsors. #Asakusa, #mamemaki, #Otori, #Jinja, #setsubun, #arrow February 3, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Jinja Doage 3/9 The kami are symbolically brought from the shrine to the omikoshi by the shrine’s priests. #Asakusa, #Jinja, #doage, #omikoshi March, 17 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Jinja Doage The kami are symbolically brought from the shrine to the omikoshi by the shrine’s priests. March, 17 2015 © Grigoris A.

Asakusa Tori no Ichi, Day 3 4/5 ...the bird deity of the Ootori Jinja shrine walking around and blessing people... #Asakusa, #Tori, #Ichi, #Ootori, #Jinja  November 29, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Tori no Ichi, Day 3 .the bird deity of the Ootori Jinja shrine walking around and blessing people. November 2015 © Grigoris A.

Asakusa/Torigoe Matsuri 8/13 In the Torigoe Jinja shrine: One of the chokai (neighborhood) omikoshi ending its procession for the night under heavy rain.  #Asakusa, #Torigoe, #matsuri, #omikoshi, Taken on June 7, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa/Torigoe Matsuri In the Torigoe Jinja shrine: One of the chokai (neighborhood) omikoshi ending its procession for the night under heavy rain. Taken on June © Grigoris A.

Two miko-san, (female attendants) of the Asakusa Jinja shrine performing a dance in their best celebratory outfits. #Asakusa, #Jinja, #Miko March, 18 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Two miko-san, (female attendants) of the Asakusa Jinja shrine performing a dance in their best celebratory outfits. March, 18 2015 © Grigoris A.