“Wasshoi! Wasshoi!” I stopped walking and strained my ears to hear where the faint shouting was coming from. A few minutes earlier, I was checking Google Maps on my phone, looking for where the Kanda Matsuri procession was. It turned out all I needed to do was find where the shouting was coming from.
Just as the Philippines has Sinulog, Dinagyang and other religious festivals, prefectures all over Japan celebrate their own matsuri (or festivals) to offer thanks to the local kami (Shinto deities). Usually lasting several days, the matsuri is festive, energetic and colorful. It’s a great opportunity to soak in Japanese culture and take loads of Instagram-worthy photos and videos.
Keep on reading: The color and energy of Tokyo’s Kanda Matsuri