Sanno Matsuri

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Celebrated since the early 17th century and recognised as one of the three great festivals of Edo (along with the Kanda and Fukagawa festivals), the Sanno Matsuri marks the start of Tokyo's summer festival season. This year's edition of the biannual festival will unfortunately not feature the spectacular mikoshi (portable shrines), floats and elaborately dressed revellers, but is packed with a variety of other events, including the chigo-gyoretsu (June 11, 1pm & 2pm), a parade where kids dress up in orange and purple to wish for growth and health, and the chinowa-kuguri purification rite that sees participants pray for longevity by passing through a reed ring – check out the schedule (Japanese only) for all the details.

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