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【2024】Introducing the enokiinarijinja sumidaku! Enchanting lights dance at Tokyo’s 2024 festival

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Enchanting lights dance at Tokyo’s 2024 festival

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Basic Information

Enari Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Tatekawa, Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the god Ukanomitama, the deity of food and agriculture.

  • Address: 4-12-24 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0023
  • Phone Number: 03-3611-0213
  • Access: 5-minute walk from Kikukawa Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line
  • Festival Days: March 10th, 2024 (Reiwa 6)
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Enari Shrine Festival is a lively and colorful event that attracts many visitors each year. The main events and attractions of the festival include:

Mikoshi Procession

The highlight of the festival is the mikoshi procession, which takes place on March 10th. A mikoshi is a portable shrine that is carried through the streets by a team of people. The Enari Shrine mikoshi is particularly large and impressive, and it is carried by a team of over 100 people.

Kagura Performance

Kagura is a traditional Japanese dance and music performance that is often performed at Shinto shrines. During the Enari Shrine Festival, kagura performances are held on a stage in front of the shrine. The performances are very lively and entertaining, and they give visitors a chance to learn more about Japanese culture.

Food Stalls

No Japanese festival is complete without food stalls! At the Enari Shrine Festival, there are many food stalls selling a variety of delicious treats, such as yakitori, takoyaki, and cotton candy. There are also several restaurants in the area that offer special festival menus.

Games and Activities

In addition to the main events, there are also a number of games and activities for visitors to enjoy at the Enari Shrine Festival. These include traditional Japanese games like ring toss and goldfish scooping, as well as more modern games like face painting and balloon animals.

Blessings and Deities

Enari Shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama, the deity of food and agriculture. Ukanomitama is said to bring blessings of a good harvest, bountiful food, and prosperity. The shrine is also known for its association with Inari, the god of rice and sake. Inari is often depicted as a fox, and there are many fox statues and images at Enari Shrine.

Origin and History

The origins of Enari Shrine are unclear, but it is believed to have been founded in the early Edo period (1603-1868). The shrine was originally located in a different part of Sumida Ward, but it was moved to its current location in 1872. The shrine was destroyed by fire during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but it was rebuilt in 1929.

Tips and Notes for Visitors

  • The Enari Shrine Festival is held on March 10th each year. The festival features a mikoshi procession, kagura performances, food stalls, and games.
  • The shrine is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.
  • There is a small parking lot at the shrine, but it is often full during the festival. It is recommended to use public transportation or park in a nearby parking garage.
  • The shrine is located in a residential area, so please be respectful of the neighbors.

Parking Information

There is a small parking lot at Enari Shrine, but it is often full during the festival. It is recommended to use public transportation or park in a nearby parking garage. There are several parking garages within a short walking distance of the shrine.

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.