Colourful Asakusa Rejoices During Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo

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Having lived in Japan for a year to date, I am now getting used to being amazed and filled with awe by the various aspects of the local customs and the intricate cultural details that the Japanese hold dear to their hearts and spirits. But I have to admit that it had been a little while since the last time I was struck by this sense of wonderment. And although in my life I’ve experience a good share of joyful carnivals and festivals, – Easter processions and the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia, Holy Week in Lorca, Spain, the “Murgas” in Buenos Aires, Awa Odori in Suginami, Japan – I never experience something with the rarity and intensity as the day 3 of the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa, right in the traditional heart of Tokyo…cont.

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