15 May 2004

Sanja festival in 浅草 (Asakusa, Japan) on 15 May 2004

Source and photos: http://horizons.free.fr/seikatsu/eng/memories/2004-05-15_jp-tokyo_asakusa-matsuri.htm

Yakuza with a fan on a 御神輿 (portable shrine) in 浅草 (Asakusa) I saw–and recognized as such–members of the やくざ (Japanese mafia) for the first time in 東京 (Tokyo, Japan) during the 三社祭 (Sanja Festival) held on 15 May 2004. During this annual festival, crowds carry for a few hours 御神輿 (portable shrines) in the streets of the 浅草 (Asakusa) area, which requires much endurance, in honor of the gods. This time, we could see for a short duration almost naked やくざ (yakuzas) riding portable shrines, their tattoos clearly visible...

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