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【2024】Introducing the maekawajinja shamusho! Gleaming lights, divine spirits

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Gleaming lights, divine spirits

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Basic Information

Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office is a Shinto shrine located in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan.

  • Address: 1-6-2 Edogawa, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 132-0013
  • Phone Number: 03-3679-0392
  • Access: 11-minute walk from Gyotoku Station
  • Festival Days: To be announced
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office festival is a vibrant and lively event that attracts many visitors each year. The main events and attractions of the festival include:

Mikoshi Procession

The mikoshi procession is the highlight of the festival. A mikoshi is a portable shrine that is carried through the streets by a group of people. The mikoshi is believed to be inhabited by the deity of the shrine, and the procession is a way to show respect to the deity and to ask for blessings.

Shishimai Dance

The shishimai dance is a traditional Japanese dance performed by a dancer wearing a lion costume. The dance is believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The shishimai dancer performs to the beat of drums and gongs, and the audience is encouraged to participate by clapping and cheering.

Kagura

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. The kagura at the Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office festival is performed by a group of young women who wear colorful costumes and dance to the accompaniment of traditional Japanese instruments.

Food Stalls

There are many food stalls at the festival, selling a variety of traditional Japanese foods, such as takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki. There are also stalls selling souvenirs and crafts.

Fireworks Display

The festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks are launched from a nearby river, and they light up the night sky with their brilliant colors.

Blessings and Deities

The Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office is dedicated to the deities Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Ōmononushi-no-Kami, and Ukanomitama-no-Kami. Susanoo-no-Mikoto is the god of storms, the sea, and agriculture. Ōmononushi-no-Kami is the god of medicine and childbirth. Ukanomitama-no-Kami is the goddess of food and agriculture.

  • Susanoo-no-Mikoto: God of storms, the sea, and agriculture
  • Ōmononushi-no-Kami: God of medicine and childbirth
  • Ukanomitama-no-Kami: Goddess of food and agriculture

Origin and History

The Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office was founded in the 9th year of the Meiji era (1876). It was originally called the Dairokuten Shrine and was located in the former village of Maeno. In 1909, the shrine was renamed to Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office and moved to its current location.

  • Founded: 9th year of the Meiji era (1876)
  • Original name: Dairokuten Shrine
  • Renamed: 1909
  • Moved to current location: 1909

Tips and Notes for Visitors

When visiting the Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office, please be respectful of the following:

  • Remove your shoes before entering the main hall.
  • Do not touch the sacred objects.
  • Be quiet and respectful of other visitors.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the main hall.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at the Maekawa Jinja Shrine Office. Visitors are advised to use public transportation or park in a nearby parking lot.

Popular Stalls and Food Carts in Recent Years

 

Type of StallDescription
TakoyakiA staple at Japanese festivals. Characterized by a crispy outside and a creamy inside.
Jaga ButterA simple yet popular snack of hot potatoes lavishly topped with melted butter.
Baby CastellaSmall castella cakes, sweet and fluffy treats enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Grilled Ayu with SaltFresh ayu fish grilled whole with salt, a savory taste of Japanese summer.
ShaapinA unique gourmet item influenced by foreign cuisine, with a chewy skin wrapping the filling.
OkonomiyakiA Japanese grilled dish where you often choose your own ingredients for a personalized flavor.
Cotton CandyA fluffy, sweet snack that’s extremely popular with children.
Chocolate BananaA banana coated in chocolate, a fun and visually appealing dessert.
KushiyakiVarious types of ingredients skewered and grilled, an easy-to-enjoy snack.
YakisobaFried noodles mixed with a special sauce, a fast food favorite in Japan.