Sanja Festival

Category: Tradition
Location: Japan-Tokyo
Abstract: You can see tattoos in magazines, you can see tattoos in tattoo shops, you can see them in exhibitions. But nothing is like seeing tattoos in the flesh: real, living flesh, in front of your eyes. And nowhere better to see that than the famous, and utterly fantastic, Asakusa Sanja festival: one of Japan’s best live gallery for all the color and art of traditional Japanese tattoos.
Description: Sanja Matsuri is a fabulous extravaganza of boisterous and wild festival revelry over three days of drinking, dancing and debauchery. It is one of the three biggest festivals in Tokyo, in one of Tokyo’s most traditional areas: Asakusa. The festival pulls in a staggering one and a half million people over three days. As the festival bursts into action, with its seething crowds, the musicians start up setting the rythymn, with their throbbing drums, and the high-pitched wild sounds of the flute rising faster and faster in time with the beat of the drums, getting the crowd’s blood going and raising excitement to fever pitch. The festival got started around thirteen centuries ago in honor of three fishermen who went out to catch some fish in the nearby Sumida River, but instead caught a small gold statue of the Buddhist goddess Kannon in their nets. The amazing happening was declared a miracle and the statue enshrined in the Asakusa Sensoji Temple...................would you like to have a rest of the story for your magazine? Let us know.

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