The annual festival of Tomiokahachimangu takes place around the August 15, this year on August 17th.
It is also known as the “Fukagawa Hachiman Festival”, one of the “greatest three festivals of Edo”, along with the Sanno Festival of Hie Shrine in Akasaka and the Kanda Festival of Kanda Myojin. Once in every three years, the town portable shrine of the 120 number groups, 54 portable shrines parade to the largest shrine, Tomiokahachimangu which makes “Fukagawa Hachiman Festival”.
It is a street “Water Spraying Festival”, shouting the traditional “Wasshoi, Wasshiyoi”.
Spectators from all over Japan gather to the center of Tokyo to feel our tradition, to feel the heat, to feel the excitement.
written by Hisako Makimura/Tokyo, Japan