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Preparations for the Sanja Matsuri are of course all over Asakusa. Here, the  Koenchi omikoshi getting some fine tunings before its great day. #Asakusa, #omikoshi, #matsuri, #Sanja, #Koenchi May 12, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Preparations for the Sanja Matsuri are of course all over Asakusa. Here, the Koenchi omikoshi getting some fine tunings before its great day. #Asakusa, #omikoshi, #matsuri, #Sanja, #Koenchi May 12, 2016 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Another Matsushita kumade waiting to be completed; it also features the trademarked hyogi hinoki cypress fan, but lots of other objects/talismans will be added later. You can already see a kabuto samurai helmet, the Sichifukujin (seven gods of fortune), the tawara straw bales, the tai red seabream and the kame turtle. In the back, a poster for a previous Tori-no-Ichi fair. #Asakusa, #Kumade, #Matsushita, #hyogi 3/7 October 19, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Another Matsushita kumade waiting to be completed; it also features the trademarked hyogi hinoki cypress fan, but lots of other objects/talismans will be added later. You can already see a kabuto samurai helmet, the Sichifukujin (seven gods of fortune), the tawara straw bales, the tai red seabream and the kame turtle. In the back, a poster for a previous Tori-no-Ichi fair. #Asakusa, #Kumade, #Matsushita, #hyogi 3/7 October 19, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Samba Carnival 9/12 Judged in the carnival competition is also the imagination of the crews so most of them work hard on their costumes! #Asakusa, #Samba, #carnival, #parade August 23, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis (for more pix check https://www.flickr.com/photos/grigorismiliaresis/sets/72157646429794497)

Asakusa Samba Carnival 9/12 Judged in the carnival competition is also the imagination of the crews so most of them work hard on their costumes! #Asakusa, #Samba, #carnival, #parade August 23, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis (for more pix check https://www.flickr.com/photos/grigorismiliaresis/sets/72157646429794497)

Asakusa O-Fuji-san Ueki Ichi 2/3 It's a good opportunity for Asakusans to go out for a stroll in their summer attire -like this gentleman wearing samue (i.e. Buddhist monks' work clothes). #Asakusa, #Sensoji, #Fuji, #Ueki, #Ichi, #samue May 31, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa O-Fuji-san Ueki Ichi 2/3 It's a good opportunity for Asakusans to go out for a stroll in their summer attire -like this gentleman wearing samue (i.e. Buddhist monks' work clothes). #Asakusa, #Sensoji, #Fuji, #Ueki, #Ichi, #samue May 31, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

"Itoen" (http://www.itoen.co.jp/) Japan's largest green tea producer has a kiosk offering some of their famous tea to those who have come to see the chrysanthemums; there are quite a few teahouses in Asakusa but this one has probably the best spot: in the heart of Sensoji's grounds! #Asakusa, #chrysanthemum, #Sensoji, #tea, #Itoen 5/5 October 17, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

"Itoen" (http://www.itoen.co.jp/) Japan's largest green tea producer has a kiosk offering some of their famous tea to those who have come to see the chrysanthemums; there are quite a few teahouses in Asakusa but this one has probably the best spot: in the heart of Sensoji's grounds! #Asakusa, #chrysanthemum, #Sensoji, #tea, #Itoen 5/5 October 17, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Tanuki Dori/Street, Asakusa's homage to the tanuki raccoon dogs prominently featured in Japanese folklore has of course its share of Sanja Matsuri chochin lanterns 1/3 #Asakusa, #tanuki, #chochin, #lanterns, #Sanja, #Matsuri Taken on May 5, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Tanuki Dori/Street, Asakusa's homage to the tanuki raccoon dogs prominently featured in Japanese folklore has of course its share of Sanja Matsuri chochin lanterns 1/3 #Asakusa, #tanuki, #chochin, #lanterns, #Sanja, #Matsuri Taken on May 5, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai 13/25 With all these people coming to Asakusa for the fireworks it's a great opportunity for street vendors to offer some of the carnival food that Japan is famous for and stalls are set up in minutes! #Asakusa, #fireworks, #Sumida, #hanabi, #taikai, #stall, #food July 26, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai 13/25 With all these people coming to Asakusa for the fireworks it's a great opportunity for street vendors to offer some of the carnival food that Japan is famous for and stalls are set up in minutes! #Asakusa, #fireworks, #Sumida, #hanabi, #taikai, #stall, #food July 26, 2014 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Usually upstaged by its illustrious neighbors (the Asakusa Jinja shrine and Sensoji) the small shrine called Hikan Inari Jinja, right and behind Asakusa Jinja is beautiful and usually very quiet. Built in 1855, it managed to survive all natural and man-made disasters that devastated Tokyo since; apparently the spirit of its creator, the hikeshi/fireman Shinmon Tatsugoro was very strong! 1/2 Taken on March 28, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Usually upstaged by its illustrious neighbors (the Asakusa Jinja shrine and Sensoji) the small shrine called Hikan Inari Jinja, right and behind Asakusa Jinja is beautiful and usually very quiet. Built in 1855, it managed to survive all natural and man-made disasters that devastated Tokyo since; apparently the spirit of its creator, the hikeshi/fireman Shinmon Tatsugoro was very strong! 1/2 Taken on March 28, 2014. © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Nakamise, New Year Decorations 7/14 Then there is a monkey (2016 is Year of the Monkey) again with "Joyous New Year" wishes by the Nakamise Shopowners' Association... #Asakusa, #Nakamise December 10, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

Asakusa Nakamise, New Year Decorations 7/14 Then there is a monkey (2016 is Year of the Monkey) again with "Joyous New Year" wishes by the Nakamise Shopowners' Association... #Asakusa, #Nakamise December 10, 2015 © Grigoris A. Miliaresis

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