*Kappa matsuri* (festival) boat on Shinagawa canal, Tokyo, Japan 1973

Childs, Iraphne R. (1973) *Kappa matsuri* (festival) boat on Shinagawa canal, Tokyo, Japan 1973. [Image]

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Ebara Jinja (shrine) in Shinagawa, Tokyo, is the proud possessor of a mask said to be 1000 years old, found floating in Tokyo Bay off Shinagawa long ago by a fisherman who thought it was the face of a god. He took it to the local shrine where it has been ever since. Once a year the mask is taken out into Tokyo Bay in a boat as a symbolic gesture to the god it is supposed to represent. This is part of the Kappa matsuri (water goblin festival) held annually in May. This image shows the boat, decorated with bamboo for good luck, on Shinagawa canal on its way to Tokyo Bay with the sacred mask in a mikoshi (portable shrine) in the rear of the boat. The (all male) attendants in the boat are in festival dress.

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Item Type: Image
Collection: Asia-Pacific Images: 1970s-1990s
Keywords: Japanese; canals; festivals, celebrations, etc
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 13:06
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2014 19:39
Copyright Owner: Copyright Iraphne R. Childs.
CountryState or RegionCity or TownPlace
JapanTokyo Metropolitan PrefectureTokyo cityShinagawa canal
URI: http://digitalcollections.qut.edu.au/id/eprint/872
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