Asakusa Shrine
Asakusa Shrine

Asakusa Shrine is almost synonymous with the Sanja Matsuri festival.
The festival is one of the three major festivals in Edo.
But, why is it called the Sanja Matsuri?
For those who may be wondering・・・
 here is the reason:

On March 18th in the 36th year of Empress Suiko’s reign (628AD), the Hinokuma brothers?Hamanari-no-mikoto and Takenari-no-mikoto?found a statue caught in their fishing net. Having no clue of what it was, the brothers told this story to Hajino Matsuchi-no-mikoto, the chief of their village. They found that it was a divine statue of Seikannon Bosatsu.
The brothers prayed for a good catch and their boat was filled with fish.
Hajino Matsuchi-no-mikoto became a priest and turned his house into a temple dedicated to the kannon statue.

After Hajino Matsuchi-no-mikoto died, his son dreamed of Kannon-sama, who told him to honor his father and the two brothers. He built a shrine dedicated to the three men, calling them Sanja Gongen (three reincarnated gods). This is said to be the origin of Asakusa Shrine and the name of the Sanja festival.

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When is the Sanja Matsuri held?

Jidaiya features the Sanja Matsuri every year.
Click here to see a feature page on the festival.

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What is Binzasara?

Designated as an intangible folk cultural property by the Tokyo metropolitan government, it is a musical instrument made of 108 cypress plates measuring 15cm long and 0.6cm thick that are strung together. It is held on both ends and shaken with a wave motion to make a clapping sound.


Asakusa Shrine official website

Learn more about its history, buildings and other tidbits, as well as wedding ceremonies held there and the Sanja Matsuri!

◆History ◆Sensoji Temple ◆Chronological Table
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◆Who's Who
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  • 時代屋ワンコインガイド時代屋ワンコインガイド
  • 変身遊び変身遊び
  • 今日の花嫁今日の花嫁
  • 人力車といえば浅草時代屋人力車といえば浅草時代屋
  • 時代屋メディア・芸能情報時代屋メディア・芸能情報
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