On the first day, a “grand procession” consisting of musical floats, tobigashi-yatai, Asakusa dances, geiko dance troupes, and other dancers announces the beginning of the festival in Asakusa, and the “ritual Binzasara Dance,” designated as an intangible cultural property by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, is dedicated. On the second day, the “Rei-taisai Ceremony” is held, followed by the “Rengo-Togyo (joint procession of portable shrines),” in which about 100 portable shrines from 44 Asakusa Ujiko towns gather on the shrine grounds, each of which is purified before being carried by each town council.
On the final day, three miyamikoshis, Ichinomiya, Ninomiya, and Sannomiya, are carried out from the shrine grounds in the early morning, and during the day, the miyamikoshis are divided into three groups, and return to the shrine grounds at sunset for the “miyairi,” the final stage of the festival. During the festival, the town of Asakusa is decorated with the colors of the festival, and various Shinto rituals are performed at the shrine, and various dances are performed on the shrine grounds and in the Kaguraden.
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