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Enoshima Beach

Enoshima Island

Enoshima's Iwaya Caves


Lotus Flowers at Shinobazu Pond in 2009

Lotus Flowers at Shinobazu Pond in 2012

White Lotus Flowers at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine 2009

Hachioji Matsuri


Takasaki Matsuri


Tsukuda Sumiyoshi Shrine Grand Festival
(Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012)


Special Procession of Mikoshi in Tsukuda in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of
Enthroanment of His Majesty Emperor Akihito - 2009

Tsukuda Sumiyoshi Shrine's Octagon Mikoshi - August 7 (Sat), 2010

Tsukuda Sumiyoshi Shrine's Octagon Mikoshi - August 8 (Sun), 2010


Bon Odori at Ikegami Honmonji


Dengaku at Oji Shrine

Suneori Amagoi Gyoji

Encho Matsuri

Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri




FUKAGAWA TOMIOKA HACHIMAN-GU'S TWO GRAND MIKOSHIS

Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine has two huge mikoshis. They are Ichinomiya Mikoshi (The First Mikoshi) and Ninomiya Mikoshi (The Second Mikoshi). Ichinomiya Mikoshi was built in 1991 donated by the late Kiyoshi Sagawa Japan's trucking business tycoon. It is said it costed him one billion yen. The mikoshi is largest in Japan weighing 4.5 tons and is decorated with many jewels and gold such as 7 carat diamond at the bosom of the phoenix, a pair of 4 carat diamonds in eyes and many others. This Ichinomiya mikoshi was carried only one time when it was built and moved into the shrine. The mikoshi was built in Gyotoku and put on a ship and brought to Eitaibashi Bridge area and from there mikoshi carriers transferred to the shrine taking 3,000 mikoshi carriers. There are many reasons the Ichinomiya Mikoshi is not carried today. It is too big and heavy. A large number of people are needed to carry the mikoshi and overflowing people disrupt traffics. Due to heaviness, it is difficult to find strong wooden carrying bars etc.

The Ninomiya Mikoshi (The Second Mikoshi) was built in 1997 by the shrine and by the donations of the parishioners and believers. It weighs 2 tons. The Ninomiya Mikoshi also is decorated with jewels. The eyes of the phoenix are inlaid with a pair of 2.5 carat diamonds.

The original mikoshi of the shrine was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The two mikoshis of the shrine are housed in a building inside the precincts of the shrine and visitors can see them from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three pictures below are from left the Ichinomiya mikoshi, center a picture when the Ichinomiya Mikoshi was brought in to the shrine in 1991, and right is the Ninomiya Mikoshi.


Parade of Ninomiya Mikoshi in Fukagawa Tomioka Hachiman Annual Festsival in 2015

The Ninomiya mikoshi is carried in the following year of the Hon Matsuri (Grand Festival) which is held once in three years.


Fukagawa Tomioka Hachiman Annual Festival 2010

- Children's Kabuki (Fri)

- Children's Karate (Sat)

- Town Mikoshi Parade (Sat)

- Children's Mikoshi Parade (Sun)

Fukagawa Tomioka Hachiman Grand Festsival 2008




The 65th anniversary of the end of World War II at Yasukuni Shrine


"Omen Kaburi" at Kuhonbutsu 2008

"Omen Kaburi" at Kuhonbutsu 2011

Kugenuma Goh Daijingu Annual Festival


KAMEIDO TENJIN SHRINE GRAND FESTIVAL 2010

- Jinkosai Parade

- Chigosan Parade

- Rengo Togyo (Combined Mikoshi Parade)

- Children's Mikoshi

- Takigi Kagura

- Tokyo Sky Tree Viewed from the Shrine
Asakusa Samba Carnival 2008

Asakusa Samba Carnival 2009

Minami Koshigaya Awa Odori

Harajuku Super Yosakoi (Saturday)

Harajuku Super Yosakoi (Sunday)

The 54th Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori Festival

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