Ikebukuro Aquarium and Edo Tenka Matsuri Parade
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September 29th, 2007 – by: hellokiel
The aquarium is a part of Sunshine City, a collection of tall office buildings and is linked to the tallest building in Japan which we visited as well. At 60 stories high, this super tower overlooks all of Tokyo.
After the aquarium, we caught the Yurakucho line to Hibiya Park where we caught the tail end of the Edo Tenka Matsuri parade. The biannual parade, comprised of over 20 different portable shrines and floats called mikoshi, takes place around the Imperial palace. This tenka matsuri is a tribute to the actual matsuri that occurred in Edo Japan when the public was allowed entry to the palace grounds to present their mikoshi to the shogun. We were fortunate enough to see the elaborately designed mikoshi being pulled by men and women in kimonos throughout Hibiya park. Paper lanterns swayed back and forth lighting up the path and the sound of taiko drums could be heard throughout the parade. It was finally nice to catch a more cultural experience here in Tokyo, even as it was ending.
It was rainy all day and much cooler but this is the weather I have been looking forward to all summer. Tomorrow classes start and things will begin to take on a new shape I suppose.
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