Japanese Honor Their Ancestors Through Celebration

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Japanese Honor Their Ancestors through Celebration In Japan, there are many festivals that occur throughout the year and one of those festivals in specific is called Sanja Matsuri. This Sanja Matsuri festival celebrates the lives of three men who established a temple located in Japan. Through this festival, not only are they there to celebrate, but more importantly, they are honoring those men and their accomplishments. Honor, pride, and respect are values that are highly held in Japan, as well as in my life personally because of my ethnic background. Since growing up, my family has used the Japanese culture to instill these values into my lifestyle; not just possessing it, but also exhibiting it as well. Spanning over three days on the third weekend of May, Sanja Matsuri is a festival in Japan which attracts nearly 2 million people to observe and participate in this celebration. The festival occurs at a shrine in Asakusa and is held in honor of three men who together, established and founded the Sensouji temple located in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan. Over the course of the festival, there is a parade consisting of hundreds of mikoshi (portable shrines), display of traditional music and dance, and of course a lot of good food. Although the events that comprise the festival look just like entertainment, there is significance behind it all. Through the underlying values behind these rituals of Sanja Matsuri, the connection I feel between the festival and I, are the values of honor and pride. The Sanja Matsuri festival expresses honor through the rituals of parades, music, and dancing to commemorate the three men whom founded the Sensouji temple. The Sanja Matsuri (“Three Shrine Festival”) is one of the largest Shinto festivals held in Tokyo. Sanja Matsuri always occurs on the third weekend of May at the Asakusa shrine starting on Saturday and ending on Monday.

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