Apr 26, 2019

Kanda Matsuri returns

Kanda Matsuri returns  photo

Kawagoe team at Kanda Matsuri 

The first time I went to Kanda Matsuri I didn’t have high expectations. I imagined the usual omikoshi and ceremonies. But the matsuri atmosphere carried me away. It’s boisterous and solemn, too.

Just recently I realized why this festival missed my attention last year. It’s because the festival doesn’t happen every year. Apparently, in the Edo Period, it got a bit too exciting, so the Shogun declared it could only be held on odd-numbered years. 

The festival is six days long, but the big events happen on May 11th and 12th when omikoshi from neighboring districts are all brought together at Kanda Myojin Shrine. 

Kanda Matsuri returns  photo

Don’t get in the way of the omikoshi 

Kanda Matsuri returns  photo

I wished I were on that blimp rather than in the throng.

The festivities run May 9-15 this year. 



Living between the Tone and Edo Rivers in Higashi Katsushika area of Chiba Prefecture.