Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

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Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

Known as one of the three ‘great festivals’ of Edo (along with the Sanno and Kanda festivals), the matsuri at Fukagawa's Tomioka Hachimangu shrine takes place annually, but is celebrated in all its glory only once every three years. 2017 is such a year, so you can expect up to 120 mikoshi (portable shrines) processions, rowdy dance performances, and plenty of people throwing water on the participants (on Sunday August 13 only). The Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri attracts up to 500,000 spectators to the neighbourhood on a year like this, so prepare for crowds.

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