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"Shirasagi-no Mai", White Heron dance, walk to a Heavenly Love Shrine & Skytree!

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Kerry D.
"Shirasagi-no Mai", White Heron dance, walk to a Heavenly Love Shrine & Skytree!


Spring is here & birds are on the wing, so from 1-5pm, Let's enjoy the fabulous "Shirasagi no Mai", then walk while exploring less well-known precincts of Tokyo's world famous Senso-ji temple & discover fascinating "secrets" of Asakusa & hidden treasures of the scenic & historic nearby Sumida riverside area!
We'll see one of the most beautiful events imaginable, the "Shirasagi no Mai", or White Heron Dance Parade, in which women dress in gorgeous costumes & enact a ritual from the 12th Century Heian Era! With bells, flutes, drums & brightly costumed attendants, including an adorable group of children, this is one of the spectacular sights of Tokyo!
Did you know that Senso-ji is the world's #1 tourist destination? More than 30 million people visit the beautiful temple each year!
Do you know the curious Tanuki temple, or the story of Nezumi-kozo, who's known as the Japanese Robin Hood?
Did you know there's a shrine famed for cats & matchmaking?
We'll share the lore with you!
Imado-jinja, Shinto shrine is an ancient place in Asakusa which is now famous for love and matchmaking!
"The shrineโ€™s origins go back to the 11th C. when a great samurai warrior called Minamoto no Yoshiie visited there. Yoshiie came in 1063 & 1081 to celebrate his victories in battle. Yoshiie prayed, giving thanks to Hachiman, the god of victory."
Today, the shrine is dedicated to the gods: Izanagi, Izanami, Fukurokuju & the deified Emperor Ojin.
Izanagi & Izanami are the first married couple in Shinto mythology. In the Japanese creation story, they are the mother & father of the Japanese islands, so marital love is the theme here!
Fukurokuju is one of the Seven Lucky Gods & people pray to him for happiness, wealth & a long life.
According to legend, the famous beckoning cats, "Maneki-neko" originated in Imado! An old woman living there was so poor she could not feed her pet cat & had to let it go. That night the cat appeared in a dream & spoke to her: โ€œIf you make dolls in my image, It will bring good fortune.โ€ Following the catโ€™s orders, the woman made cat figurines from Imado-yaki clay & went to sell them at the shrine. The pottery cats became popular, so the old woman was saved from poverty!
Next, we'll walk East across the Sakurabashi river-bridge to visit a special area dedicated to preserving many kinds of rare Sakura trees, plus wonderful traditional Japanese sweet-shops, famous for Odango & Sakuramochi!
Sakuramochi originated at this famous shop where in springtime, hundreds of people wait in line to get the cherry-blossom flavored treats!
We'll visit Chinese-style Kofuku-ji temple, then stroll to fascinating, mysterious, Shinto Mimeguri-jinja, (patronized by the wealthy Mitsui family), then we'll go to beautiful park-side Ushijima-jinja, home to an unusual triple Torii arch & a legendary "petting cow", before crossing back over the river to Asakusa to finish near where we started. OR, we might WALK to nearby TOKYO SKYTREE! Let's decide on the day of the event.
MEETING POINT: We'll Meet-up on the corner of the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center: (the amazing building which looks like several houses piled up) across the street from the Police Koban at Kaminarimon Gate, quite near the Asakusa Metro station: Just a few steps from Asakusa Station, served by the Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Tobu Railways.
From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station (2 minutes) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes).
From Shinjuku Station: Take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station (10 minutes) and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa (10 minutes).
NOTE: The festival is FREE, but we work hard to plan interesting events and to guide you to the most interesting places, so please give generously! (Suggested: Students, Seniors or low-income: ๏ฟฅ2000, others, pay: ๏ฟฅ3000-5000. Your choice! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Tour agencies or companies like Airbnb, or Viator charge from ๏ฟฅ9000-๏ฟฅ15,000 yen for lesser tours, so even ๏ฟฅ5000 is a bargain!)
KIDS ARE WELCOME & free to join with a parent!
This is a non-smoking meetup. If you must, please do so only in proper smoking areas.
PLEASE BRING: Comfortable shoes, a drink, snacks & a SMILE!
Your comments & suggestions for future meetups are welcome!
Thanks! Your Meetup organizer ~ Kerry D.๐ŸŒž

COVID-19 safety measures
Event will be outdoor
We'll be out in the fresh air and sunshine for most of this Meetup but we need everyone to be aware of the risk of Covid-19. Wear masks & talk softly in enclosed places. Your caring attitude & behavior protects all of us, so thanks for your cooperation!
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ~ KERRY๐Ÿ˜Š
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
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Sunday, April 9, 2023
3:00 AM
2-chลme-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito City ยท Tokyo
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