三社祭 (Sanja Matsuri), Asakusa

There are many festivals around Tokyo every May, and I could`t decide which one to go to but my obaachan (grandmother) was talking about how fun this festival was so I decided to go here with a meet up group. Sanja Matsuri literally “Three Shrine Festival”, it is held every third weekend of May in Asakusa. The festival is held in honor of Hinokuma Hamanari, Hinokuma Takenari and Hajino Nakatomo, the three men who established and founded the Senso-ji temple.

We got here at 9:30 am for the start of the festival was 10am and we went around asking where we could see the Yakuza. It is rare to see the Yakuza to show all of their tattoos to the public and we even got a notice before going here that we might not see their tattoos due to the strict rules. As we turned the corner we saw this group of people almost naked and covered in tattoos. I was so surprised, when we asked for a picture they even requested that we take their back side as i am assuming it is something they are very proud of.

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Many Yakuzas and other people
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I got a picture with them too!
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He told me that I have to take his back side also.

The rest of the festival we spent going around the Senso-ji temple and eating all of the different Japanese food and delicacies. I wanted to try everything since they all looked so good, but I didn`t want to risk gaining another 2 pounds so I decided to just eat the butter potato and the ice tempura. My gosh, all the food here sounded so interesting, I would recommend that you share it with a friend if it is too much. Your experience will not be complete if you do not have a taste of the food they are selling in the stalls!

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Green tea and azuki shaved ice was so good.
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Potato butter!
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Tempura Ice
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Yen and his yakisoba!
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Eating her GIANT OKONOMIYAKI

Japanese festivals are always something that I look forward in going to and I learned so much from my Japanese friends about the Mikoshi they were carrying around and about the festival too. There is so much to learn about the Japanese culture and the best way to experience it is through festivals. My obaachan told me that this is probably one of the best festivals in Tokyo. If you decide to come here on May you should leave your third weekend free to come here. The matsuri starts on Friday-Sunday, and each day has different events. I wanted to come on the second day because it is only on the second day when you can see the Yakuza and the many kids carrying the Mikoshi. The third day they say is also a good day too.

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The pretty cat in front of Asakusa Sensoji temple, my grandma says he is always there!

5 responses to “三社祭 (Sanja Matsuri), Asakusa”

  1. I can’t believe I missed this! Maybe I’ll be around next year to experience this festival. I didn’t realize that the Yakuza was so active in this festival.

    1. Yes yes! Make sure to come on the second day!!! And come early and ask around the temple where to see them because in the temple they have cover their tattoos again with police issues and all 😊

      1. Interesting. I can’t wait for the other festivals this summer.

        1. Yes there is also a firefly festival this week! My grandmother also said that it will be fun 🙂

          1. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to see if I can go.

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