Sunday, August 14 1921: the annual summer festival, Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, was held

1921 (Taisho 10) On Sunday, August 14, the annual summer festival known as the “Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri” was held at Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in Fukagawa, downtown Tokyo. In one of the three major festivals of Edo, Gohoren (imperial carriage) performs togyo once every three years. Gohoren is an Omikoshi (portable shrine), which has a golden phoenix on top of the house. The Gohoren at Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine was a gilded mikoshi that was said to have been dedicated by a wealthy merchant Bunzaemon KINOKUNIYA in the Genroku era. Furthermore, there were 3 of them, but they were unfortunately destroyed by fire in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 (Taisho 12) 2 years later. This means that Gohoren (imperial carriage) of Bunzaemon IKOKUYA was the last to be seen by the general public, but it was “Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri” that year.

I think many people have been to this Tomioka Hachimangu in Fukagawa, but it is known that there is a huge Yokozuna Sumo wrestler monument in the precincts. In 2017, a murder case occurred over the position of Guji. It became a hot topic that a murder case occurred between my sister and my brother and his wife and all of them died.

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