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Kurayami Matsuri

3-1 Miyamachi | Okunitama Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 42-362-2130
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Sound of taiko drums reverberates throughout the street

Some online information about the Kurayami Festival hypes it up as a unique festival that is held... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
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An Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Tokyo, Kurayami Matsuri is the most important festival of Okunitama Shrine that has a history of over 1,000 years. The festival kicks off on April 30th when shrine priests purify themselves at a ceremony on the ocean at Shinagawa. On the evening of May 3rd, six horses gallop through the Kyu-Koshu-Kaido boulevard for the Horse Competition Ceremony. The festival continues on the evening of May 4th when ornate traditional floats are paraded. The climax is on May 5th when eight portable shrines are raucously carried around in the evening. The festival was originally held in total darkness late in the night when they turned off all the street lights. Hence the name, "Kurayami Matsuri" (Festival of Total Darkness). However, many paper lanterns came to be used, so it was nicknamed the "Paper Lantern Festival." Also, since the portable shrines meet up at the Otabisho rest place, the festival is also called the "Meet-up Festival."
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19 May 2018
“Sound of taiko drums reverberates throughout the street”
3-1 Miyamachi | Okunitama Shrine, Fuchu, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 42-362-2130
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

Some online information about the Kurayami Festival hypes it up as a unique festival that is held in total darkness. Well it seems that it was held in the dark in the past, but that is no longer the case anymore. The festival is brightly...More

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