Sanno Matsuri Festival Legendary Tengu Goblin
Sanno Matsuri Festival held in Tokyo from 10 to 16 June is one of the three largest festivals in Japan. During the Edo Period from 1603 to 1867 the Shogun permitted the festival to enter the grounds of Edo Castle. The main procession called jinkosai takes place mid June every other year of the Western calendar.
Around 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parade through the heart of Tokyo. The festival route includes Tokyo Station, Ginza,and the Diet Building. The 600 metre long procession consists of mikoshi or portable shrines adorned with a phoenix on the roof and dashi floats. There are also people carrying drums and on horseback. Some people also dress as the legendary goblin called Tengu, characterized by a red face and a long nose. Tengu is believed to possess supernatural powers. The procession departs from Hie-jinja Shrine at 8 am and returns to the shrine early in the evening.
During the festival week various Japanese traditions are on display. There are displays of flowers arranged in Ikebana, There are also special areas around the shrine garden where you can drink Japanese tea. Its also customary to see people going through a large ring made of thatch. This is believed to purify the sins they have unconsciously committed in the past 6 months. They hold a doll and stroke its body as they pass through the ring which is said to take on their sins.
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