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Sanja Matsuri

The Sanja Matsuri is one of the biggest and oldest shinto festivals in Tokyo. It is held in honor of the three men who founded the Sensou Temple. I'm really glad that I got the opportunity to be a part of something that is so important to the community. Since this festival is so old, being there was like seeing a part of history in all the rituals that make up the religuous portion of the festival. At the same time, the colorful booths that lined the streets served as a reminder of the modern times. In a way, the festival mirrors Japan. Like the cities where skyscrapers and ancient temples sit alongside each other, the Sanja Matsuri brings ancient history and modern times together.

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