Day 3 of the Sanja Matsuri was in some sense similar to day two. Unfortunately, the weather was not very good, but at least it stopped raining in the course of the morning. On the third day, the three main shrines which give the festival its name (Sanja = three shrines) were carried around Asakusa. A detailed description of the route was available online. In the morning, one of them passed in front of our building.
Apart from the main shrines, the smaller mikoshi of Day 2 were being carried about, and musical floats with drums and pipes were circulating. We happened to come across an amazing street performance of one of the local Taiko drumming schools. Unfortunately, we were without cameras in this moment. They had one huge drum and several smaller ones. The elegant, choreographed movements of the drummers are quite a sight. This type of drumming is physically very exhausting. The lead drummer who played the big horizontal drum could boast with the effects of this type of exercise by displaying his naked upper body. Also at this occasion, we could see the Japanese in an unusually lively and cheerful mood.
Also today, all of Asakusa was on their feet and out in the streets. This matsuri has given me a more complete picture of the Japanese character, and a more human one.
The effects of three festival days began to manifest themselves in the afternoon, when sidewalks were mainly populated by resting carriers sitting on the pavement, smoking and drinking beer.
Sanja Matsuri (Day 3)
May 17, 2009 by sevenbrane