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Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (Festival)
Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (Festival)

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Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri (Festival) 夏越し大祭「つきじ獅子祭」

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Located in Tsukiji, Namiyoke Inari Shrine is known as a place to pray for protection from disasters and bad luck, business prosperity, and the safety of construction work. When reclamation work at the coast in southeast Edo was in progress during the Edo period, embankments in the Tsukiji area were repeatedly washed away and had to be rebuilt numerous times, making the construction most difficult. According to legend, however, ocean waves and winds calmed down after people found and started worshipping the sacred body of a deity that emerged on the ocean's surface. When the reclamation was completed in 1659, people celebrated it by carrying floats that symbolize a dragon who controls clouds, a tiger who controls the wind, and the huge head of shishi lion whose roar caused the whole world to obey him.

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