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Kinryu no Mai


"Kinryu no Mai," or dance of a golden dragon, was first performed as a religious offering in 1958, commemorating the rebuilding of the inner temple. This dance, which was named after "Kinryusan," the title of the temple, was created because "Senso-ji Engi" says, "a golden dragon swooped down from the sky to the area around Senso-ji Temple, 1,000 pine trees grew, and a pine grove (a symbol of a bumper harvest that is divine favor in this world) appeared in one night" after the principal image of the temple manifested itself. The brave and splendid dance is performed to festival music played by "Asakusa Kumiai Hanagumi." The participants are children from Senso-ji Kindergarten who act as pine trees called "Matsujido," a person who holds "Rengeju," a symbol of the temple's principal image, and eight people who manipulate "Kinryu" (18 meters long and about 88 kilograms in weight) which protects "Rengeju." (continued in the lower column)



Bravely Performed "Kinryu no Mai"





Hagoita-ichi or Battledore Fair
Hagoita-ichi or the battledore fair held on December 18, the last temple festival day of the year, is a seasonal attraction in Asakusa.


Bustle of New Year's Visit to Temple