Part 1: Digging of large pillars

Ginza, Tsukiji, Nihonbashi are the places you hear the most when you are visiting Tokyo.
When you look carefully there are so much historical spots you can find within the central district of Tokyo.Right next to these central district, there is a town called Tsukudajima which still maintains somewhat nostalgic Edo period atmosphere.

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In this town, they have a shrine named Sumiyoshi Jinja and they have a grand festival called Tsukuda festival which is held and fully conducted every 3 years which started in Edo period. Sumiyoshi Jinja is dedicated to sea gods and it has mysterious yet dynamic exciting energy during this festival, and I would like to tell you stories about this festival with my photographs.

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This Tsukuda festival started in year 1798 during Tokugawa regime. It started with digging up large pillars from the bottom of the canal which is surrounded around the shrine.


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The pillars were buried in the bottom of the canal to protect it from getting decomposed from the air and has been protected there for over 200 years. To watch these local men who have been inherited the traditional duties to dig up the pillars every 3 years are just phenomenal.

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