Shiba Daijingu Shrine in Tokyo will be hosting the annual Daradara Festival in mid-September.
The 2020 Daradara Festival will not be a bustling crowd activity. Most of the festival grounds will be closed to passerbys.
Daradara, meaning to take one's time, is an apt name for the festival considering that, at eleven days, the Shiba Daijingu Daradara Festival is the longest festival in Japan.
As well as being the longest festival in Japan, Shiba Daijingu Shrine is also famous for being the location of a brawl that occurred in the early 19th century between the local firemen and sumo wrestlers. The shrine grounds feature fire alarms as decorations. The shrine is also the setting for a ginger market and the Daradara Festival is sometimes known by the name Ginger Festival.
The street leading up to the shrine will be filled with typical street food stalls and while the main portable mikoshi shrine will feature midway through the festival, there will be other portable shrines being paraded along the main thoroughfare and surrounding area.
Take the Toei Asakusa or Toei Oedo Lines to Daimon Station. The shrine is 1-minute from the A6 Exit. Alternatively, take the JR Yamanote or JR Keihin Tohoku Lines to Hamamatsucho Station. The shrine is a 5-minute walk from the North Exit.
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