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【2024】Introducing the masakiinarijinja koutouku! Shrine of swollen things, soba noodle wish

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Shrine of swollen things, soba noodle wish

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Basic Information

Masaki Inari Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Tokiwa, Koto Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the deity Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto, the goddess of food and agriculture, and to Emperor Ojin, the 15th emperor of Japan.

  • Address: 1-1-2 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0006
  • Phone Number: Not provided
  • Access: 8-minute walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Toei Oedo Line, or a 9-minute walk from Morishita Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line
  • Festival Days: February 11th (Mon), 2024
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Main Events and Attractions of the Festival

The Masaki Inari Shrine Festival is held annually on February 11th, and it features a variety of traditional events and attractions that draw visitors from all over Tokyo and beyond.

Mikoshi Procession

One of the main highlights of the festival is the mikoshi procession, where a portable shrine is carried through the streets surrounding the shrine. The mikoshi is decorated with colorful tapestries and ornaments, and it is carried by a team of people who chant and sing as they make their way through the neighborhood. The procession is a lively and festive event that attracts many spectators.

獅子舞 (Shishimai)

Another popular attraction at the festival is the shishimai, or lion dance. This traditional Japanese dance is performed by two people inside a lion costume, and it is believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The shishimai dances to the beat of drums and flutes, and it often interacts with the crowd, making it a fun and engaging performance for people of all ages.

Mochi-maki

Mochi-maki is a traditional Japanese ritual where mochi (rice cakes) are thrown into the crowd. At the Masaki Inari Shrine Festival, mochi-maki is held on the final day of the festival, and it is a chance for people to catch mochi for good luck. The mochi is thrown from the shrine’s main hall, and it is often caught in nets or sheets that are held up by the crowd.

Benefits and Deities

The Masaki Inari Shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto, the goddess of food and agriculture, and to Emperor Ojin, the 15th emperor of Japan. The shrine is known for its benefits in curing skin diseases, promoting good business, and ensuring a good harvest. Many people visit the shrine to pray for these benefits, and the festival is a time when people can come together to celebrate the shrine’s deities and ask for their blessings.

Blessings and Deities

The Masaki Inari Shrine is dedicated to Ukanomitama-no-Mikoto, the goddess of food and agriculture, and to Emperor Ojin, the 15th emperor of Japan. The shrine is known for its benefits in curing skin diseases, promoting good business, and ensuring a good harvest. Many people visit the shrine to pray for these benefits, and the annual festival is a time when people can come together to celebrate the shrine’s deities and ask for their blessings.

Origin and History

The exact date of the Masaki Inari Shrine’s establishment is unknown, but it is believed to have existed since the Edo period (1603-1868). The shrine was originally located near Mannenbashi Bridge, and it was known as Mannenbashi Inari Shrine. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), the shrine was moved to its current location. The shrine’s name was changed to Masaki Inari Shrine in the Showa period (1926-1989).

Tips and Notes for Visitors

If you plan to visit the Masaki Inari Shrine during the festival, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The shrine is located in a residential area, so please be respectful of the neighbors.
  • There is no parking lot at the shrine, so you will need to find street parking or use public transportation.
  • The festival is a popular event, so it can be crowded. Be prepared for large crowds and long lines.
  • The shrine is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but the festival events are held throughout the day.

Parking Information

There is no parking lot at the Masaki Inari Shrine. Visitors will need to find street parking or use public transportation.

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.