Kanda Matsuri Festival

Kanda Matsuri Festival

Kanda Matsuri Festival – It is held Saturday and Sunday closest to May 15th. This is one of the most famous festivals or event. Kanda Matsuri is the largest Japanese Holidays.

Kanda Matsuri has its origin from a long long time ago, it became a large festival during the edo era. In 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa asked Kanda Myojin temple to pray for victory when he was about to fight against Kagekatsu Uesugi, and also when he fought against Mitsunari Ishida at Sekigahara battle. Then, on 9/15 - the very day of Kanda Festival - , Ieyasu won the battle and was able to rein the whole country. Ieyasu was very grateful for the Kanda Myojin and made a big donation to make the Kanda Matsuri big and successful. Even after that, Kanda Matsuri meant a lot to the Edo Bakufu(feudal regime of Japan established by Tokugawa Ieyasu), from 1617, Edo Bakufu funded some of the cost to create/repair the mikoshis, and from 1688 Kanda Matsuri was allowed to enter the Edo Castle which enabled the Shoguns to watch them.

The highlight of this festival is the huge parade in which  volunteers carry 200 beautiful ornate Golden and black lacquer mikoshi shrines in a vigorous parade toward the Kanda Myojin Shrine.

This happy and energetic Festival includes everyone wearing Traditional Japanese clothing, and Shinto priests mounted on horseback which will immediately make you feel as if you’re back in Ancient Japan.

Be sure to buy your souvenirs. This is a festival you won’t soon forget, and it’s nice to take a souvenir home with you.

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