Period Parade In Kanda Festival In Tokyo

Period parade in Kanda festival in Tokyo

People dressed in period costumes took part in one of the three largest festivals in Tokyo on Saturday.

The Shinko-sai parade is one of the highlights of the Kanda Matsuri festival, which has a history of 400 years. The event is held once every two years at the Kanda Myojin shrine.

About 1,000 people dressed in colorful costumes paraded through the center of the capital. The procession which included a large portable shrine stretched several hundred meters.

A crowd of spectators cheered and took photographs.

A woman in her 40s from the neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa said the portable shrine was large and gorgeous. She said it looked as if it had popped out from an ancient picture scroll.

The festival runs through Wednesday.