Kanda Matsuri

Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


Kanda, Akihabara, Otemachi, Marunouchi areas in Chiyoda-ku, and Nihonbashi area in Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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May (once every two years)


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Procession of the three portable shrines parade through the 108 towns of Soto Kanda, where the business district is located. There are various kind of "Dashi" float, and an attraction called "Tsuke Matsuri". Parades in costume or fancy dress and huge papier-mache creatures are examples of "Tsuke Matsuri". In the Edo period, since towns competed with each other in making a different program of "Tsuke Matsuri" every year, the programs greatly attracted people. Kanda Matsuri is the vast festival with the procession of 2000 people going 30km in one day, and ranked among the three largest festival along with Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka.

During the Edo period, the procession entered the Edo castle, and were displayed before Shogun (administrative head of Japan) and ladies of his harem. The Edo Shogunate bore the expenses of fixing or replacing the portable shrines and ritual utensils of Kanda Matsuri. That is why the festival called “Tenka Matsuri”. “Tenka” means the domination of the whole world.

Nowadays various information about Kanda Matsuri is provided on the internet, and the live video of the festival days is broadcasted. Kanda Matsuri is an urban festival and so Tokyo, which is marked by the mixture of cutting-edge technology and the traditional atmosphere of the Edo city.