Kanda Matsuri

I was visiting Tokyo last month and had the opportunity to experience the Kanda Matsuri in Akihabara – a great festival to visit if you like the mix of anime and traditional Japanese culture.

The Kanda Matsuri (神田祭) is one of the 3 largest festivals in Japan that takes place once in every two years on the Saturday and Sunday closest to 15th of May. This tradition was held since the Edo Period (17th century) to celebrate Tokugawa Ieyasu’s victory at the battle of Sekigahara. The tradition continues today with a day-long procession through central Tokyo on Saturday and parades with many portable shrines (mikoshi) on Sunday.

These photos are taken near Akihabara and Kanda Shrine. My photo gear of choice is the Sony A7ii, Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art lens with MC-11 adapter and the Sony FE 50mm F/1.8 lens.

The festival begins with a ceremony at Kanda Myojin (shrine), after that it continues with a day-long procession through Tokyo.

It was raining pretty much for the whole Saturday, can’t exactly remember when but the autofocus motor on my Sigma 35mm lens went ‘kaput’ due to a tiny splash of rain water ><

Ended up using manual focusing with the Sigma so some of the shots in this post were a bit blurry as I’m not used to manual focus. Because of that I went over to Yodobashi camera in Akihabara and picked up the Sony FE 50MM f/1.8. – which is a great budget full frame lens (autofocus is a bit slow though). Compared to the Sigma, I would still prefer the focal length and image quality of the Sigma lens – just too bad it didn’t have weather sealing ><


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