Asakusa Sanja Matsuri

Kanda Myojin Matsuri

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

Torigoe Matsuri

Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri

Shinagawa Tenno Matsuri

Senju Tenno Matsuri

Hanazono Jinja

Tokyo is a vast complex of relatively self-reliant parts.
This attribute takes its origin from the foundation of the city.

The ancient political cities , such as Kyoto and Nara, were made
based on political intention to show the greatness of the rulers.
So the cities were designed systematicaly to enact their supreme intention.
On the contrary. founders of Edo (Tokyo's former name)
intended to make the city to be only their fortress.
They built a big castle in the heart of the city,
and made their coleagues set up mansions surrounding the castle.
Non-ruling party members, almost of whom were old fuedal landlords,
were forced to offer their family members to the rulers as pawns,
They built houses around the outer circle of the city for their pawned family,
and they themselves lived in the house biennially.

But you may say there were not existing normal citizens.
Normal citizens were not allowed to live freely in the city.
The rulers scattered out some places unintentionally in the city
among the places where residences of fuedal landlords spreaded,
for the normal citizens to live there
and supply foods and daily necessities for the rulers.
The normal citizens were called Chomin- meaning citizen in Japanese.
They made communities for themselves.
All of communities in Japan has its symbol to unite themselves.
The symbol is called Jinja-Japanese ancient shrine.
Members of the community are called sons and daughters of the Jinja.
They made a big festa (Matsuri in Japanese)
once a year to memorate their connection with the Jinja

There are many communities in Tokyo.
And each community has its Jinja and its Matsuri.


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