The Sanja Festival was being held at the Senso-ji Temple and it was busy. A young boy wearing a happi coat was also walking on his father's shoulders. He was above his surroundings and seemed to have a good view from there. He was holding his head in a fun and joyful tone. The boys seemed to be enjoying the festival.
To be more precise, the Sanja Festival is not a festival of Senso-ji. If you don't know about the fact, you'd think it was a Sensoji festival because the grounds of the temple are busy and the portable shrines called Mikoshi parade through the grounds.
The Sanja Matsuri refers to Sanja Daigongenja or Sanja Myojinja, the former name of the Asakusa Shrine. The festival is held at the Asakusa Shrine, which enshrines the two brothers Hinokuma no Hamanari and Takenari, who found the statue of the Goddess of Mercy in the river, and Hajinomatsuchi, who identified the statue as the Goddess of Mercy. However, until the Meiji era, the Asakusa Temple and the Asakusa Shrine were part of the Shinto-Buddhist syncretism, so the festival was a part of the Sensoji Temple festival as well.
August 26, 2008
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