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Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo white heron dancers, shira sagi no mai

Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo white heron dancers, shira sagi no mai

Am busy this weekend so going to be hard to get out to the Sanja matsuri ,which is taking place in Asakusa this Saturday and Sunday.

Still I have seen and shot a fair few mikoshi festivals and though Sanja is a big one, indeed it is considered one of the three great festivals of Tokyo, they do kind of resemble each other. Sanja is mostly different in the number of heavily tattooed supporters you can see and the crowds you have to push through to see them. My friend, Chris Willson got a great image of the tattooed supporters in the Sanja matsuri  here.

The festival actually started on Friday, when the mikoshi were pulled out from storage and readied for carrying. Various other cultural events take place that day too. I was free most of yesterday and went along to shoot some of the preparations the most spectacular of which was a parade that included these Shira-sagi no mai (White heron dancers).

Hard to frame them to get the heron’s (or crane’s) head in and not include too  much of the crowd. But really like this shot.

More images of Japanese festivals, known as matsuri, at my archive here:

Talk soon

Damon

 

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