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Photographing Sanja Matsuri

Over 100 mikoshi (portable shrines) and thousands of participants will gather this weekend to highlight one of Tokyo's most exciting festivals - The Asakusa Sanja Matsuri. We'll have chances to photograph many colorful shrines as they parade through the backstreets of Asakusa, with opportunities to also photograph the many interesting characters otherwise unseen in daily happenings of Tokyo (See images of the festivities here: http://goo.gl/nMuZ02)

This meetup will be on Saturday, though if you have time & are curious - the festival has 3 distinctive days this weekend. From Friday - Sunday, each with different activities. Saturday I think is the most unique being that many neighborhood groups gather to showcase the year's prosperity (and that of their members) in the decorations of their shrine & calibur/size of the neighborhood's members. Full details at: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3063.html

Meeting point will be Saturday May 17th 11:00 AM, Asakusa Station - Metro Line (NOT JR), Exit 7, directly outside & in front of the Matsuya Asakusa, at the triangular intersection. Check this map link for details : https://goo.gl/maps/hORsC


The festival will run to about 3-4pm, plenty of time to have a few drinks & good food afterwards. Should be a great day all around, see you there !

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  • Frank

    At original meeting spot

    May 17, 2014

  • Ben A.

    I cant seem to find exit 7. Is everyone still there?

    May 17, 2014

  • Frank

    We are leaving in 5 minutes

    May 17, 2014

  • Muneyasu

    I arrived

    May 17, 2014

  • Frank

    We will likely head towards Sensoji Temple in Asakusa from 11:15. If you're late, head to that point as most of the mikoshi will be making their way towards the temple by 1.

    May 17, 2014

    • george p.

      I'm here already, wearing jeans and an android T-shirt.

      May 17, 2014

  • george p.

    Looking forward to this, how will I meet everyone, is there a specific person to look for or a location?

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • David M.

    I am DEFINITELY going for some yak` photos.

    May 12, 2014

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