Celebrated since the early 17th century and recognised as one of the three great festivals of Edo (along with the Kanda and Fukagawa festivals), the Sanno Matsuri marks the start of Tokyo's summer festival season. Look forward to spectacular
(portable shrines), floats and elaborately dressed revellers, plus a variety of other events, including the
(June 14 from 11am, 12noon, 1pm), a parade where kids dress up in orange and purple to wish for growth and health, and the
purification rite that sees participants pray for longevity by passing through a reed ring – check out the
(Japanese only) for all the details.