Geishas at the daigyoretsu

Geishas at the daigyoretsu

The festival begins on the 19th May with the daigyoretsu, a procession of Shinto priests, geishas, musicians and dancers wearing Edo-period costumes.

Mikoshi procession

Residents of one of Asakusa's 44 neighborhoods begin the rengo togyo procession with the local mikoshi on their shoulders. Over a hundred of these gilded shrines are paraded throughout the district on the second day of the festival.

Mikoshi at Sensoji

Borne on the shoulders of village folk, another mikoshi makes its way to the Sensoji temple. The festival has been held continuously since the 1600's, in honor of the founders of Sensoji Temple.

Shake it, shake it

The harder the mikoshi rocks, the Japanese say, the more potent its power becomes. The rowdiest procession happens on final day of the festival, when devotees vie for the chance to carry one of Asakusa's three main mikoshi on their shoulders.