2010年05月16日

The Kanda-matsuri Festival, one of the three largest festival in Edo, present Tokyo, is called the Tenka-matsuri, most prestigious festival, because it received each Tokugawa Shogun's inspection.

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The Kanda-matsuri Festival annually held at the Kanda- myojin that is the guardian Shinto god of Tokyo since the 17th century has been developing backed up by samurai-warriors and townspeople. When we think of Japanese religious festivals, the common image of the season is autumn. The reason why is that many of them are observed thanking for the good harvest of the year. The Kanda-matsuri, however, is held in summer like the Sanjya-matsuri, Aoi-matsuri and Tenjin-matsuri in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka respectively. These great festivals were all born in urban area and has been raised by city people. The portable shrine in the picture is thought to be dwelled by the Shinto god and it tours shouldered by many believers from the Kanda-myojin compound to the urban area of Kanda, Tokyo in early May.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年05月04日

Each household having at least one male child displays the Koinobori, a set of carp streamers to pray for the advancement in life on the Tango-no-sekku festival.

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Although May the 5th falls on the national holiday of the Children's day at present, it used to be the festival only for boys before the Second World War. Unlike western countries a carp is thought to be a symbol of a rise in life in Japan having to do with the Chinese folklore, therefore this kind of scene can be seen from the end of April to the beginning of May throughout Japan. Black, red and small carp represent farther, mother and boy respectively. On the Boys' Festival so called Tango-no-sekku, in addition to this carp streamer display Japanese people decorate the Tokonoma alcove with an armor wishing their boys' good luck in the thorny path of life.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通約案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年03月05日

An annual event called "Hina-matsuri" festival,featuring an opulent set of dolls, is observed on March the third by a household having daughters.

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Although it is uncertain that the origin of the "Hina-matsuri" festival, it is thought to grow from a playing with dolls among girls of nobility in Kyoto in the Heian period in the 10th century. Then in the Edo period in the 18th century, it was combined with "Sekku", seasonal festival which celebrate a seasonal turning point and has become today's form across the country. On the very day of the "Hina-matsuri", every family which has girls decorates the reception room with "Hina-ningyo" dolls praying the sound growth of the daughters. In the past this set of dolls was a bride's outfit, therefore it gradually turned to be larger and more gorgeous to keep up with the Joneses. After the Second World War, however, the house of the Japanese became smaller because many people flew into the urban areas from countryside. This fact compelled the Japanese people to give up such a large decoration. Instead, it has been commonly accepted to set only a pair of the main dolls on the top on the first platform.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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