Oct 10, 2012

66景 糀町一丁目山王祭ねり込 View66 Sanno Festival Procession at Kojimachi 1 Chome


Sanno Festival is a festival held at Hie Shrine in Chiyoda-ku every other year.  In the time of Edo, it was such a big festival.  And the highlight was the long procession of floats. 
Floats 山車  「大江戸歴史散歩を楽しむ会」より拝借しました。

The floats went into the Edo castle through the Hanzo-mon Gate, and was viewed by shogun. 


Hiroshige is standing right by the second float, the rooster.  
In the distance, we see the first float, the monkey, just entering the Hanzo-mon Gate.  
You can get some idea how those floats looked from the Ema tablets at the Hie Shrine.

Right: the first float, the monkey Left: the second float, the rooster


Now, let's go and see the Hanzo-mon Gate.
半蔵門 Hanzo-mon gate

Inside the gate is the residence of the Imperial family.
And this gate is exclusively for the Imperial family. 


So, it is heavily guarded, like this.
The Hanzo-mon gate is far behind. You can't get close to it.

And it is where the first float, the monkey, was proceeding.   
It means in the picture below, it's coming from the left.


So, where was Hiroshige standing?
I went to look.


I think this is it. 
Everything, the moat, the approach to the Hanzo-mon Gate, looks right.  \(^o^)/


But of course, there is no float.
What can I do about that?


Well, I found some right-looking trees!
You might need a bit of concentration and generosity, but don't they look alike?


Even today, the festival is held every other year in June. They are not like the old days, but still, we can see mikoshi (portable shrines) and people in ancient court costumes parade in the area. 

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Tall Gary said...

It is breathtaking how similar the images are in the bottom two. The ascending line of trees on the slope in the print have become a little forest!

I worked for a summer near Hanzo-mon Gate and ate lunch sometimes in the narrow strip-park overlooking the moat north of the gate.

Maybe my interest in the connections between present-day Tokyo and the Edo period began when a co-worker mentioned that Hanzō-mon was named after Tokugawa Ieyasu’s loyal ninja, Hattori Hanzō.

Have you seen Hanzō-mon Gate in the early Meiji period? This photo was taken much closer to Hiroshige’s time than ours. Closer by a century.

Tall Gary said...

That early Meiji period photo of Hanzō-mon I tried to link to above can be found here.

Merry Witch said...

Thank you very much for the link to the photo of Hanzo-mon in Meiji. It's interesting. Photos taken in Meiji must be very close to what they looked like in the time of Edo.

I was at the narrow park you wrote about. It is called Chidorigafuchi Koen. I could see the Hanzo-mon and the moat very well from there.

Rurousha said...

You've found another spot that's almost a perfect duplication! ^^

That last photo of the "right-looking trees" made me grin. I wish I could've taken a photograph of YOU while you were hunting for the perfect spot! :D

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Merry Witch said...

I think these two places remained untouched because they were right by the Imperial Palace.

I don't want anyone to see me during my walkabout. I'll look so odd! A silly old woman walking back and forth with a big book and a camera.

In fact, the guard at the gate was staring at me. He might have been thinking, "hmmm...very suspicious, but not dangerous-looking at all. (~_~;)

Rurousha said...

"A silly old woman with a big book and a camera"? Are you now talking about me? :D

I usually have a guide book and a map book and Google Maps on my phone, and I still get lost. Sigh.

PS: I've never been to Hanzomon gate. The area and the station, yes, but never the gate itself. Must take an autumn stroll there ...

Merry Witch said...

Isn't this weather beautiful? Wonderful time to walk around,\(^o^)/

This old woman doesn't know how to use a smartphone, and always, always, getting lost.