Little Edo, Kawagoe: a Window of Old Japan Near Tokyo

"Little Edo" Kawagoe, a Window on Old Japan Near Tokyo
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Kawagoe, Japan – Tourist visit stores along the main street of Little Edo, Kawagoe, February 14, 2013. An old town from Edo Period (1603-1867) is located in Kawagoe, 30 minutes by train from central Tokyo. Every year “Kawagoe Festival” is held in the third weekend of October, people pull portable shrine during the parade, later “dashi” floats on the streets nearby. The festival started 360 years ago supported by Nobutsuna Matsudaira, lord of Kawagoe Castle. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

"Little Edo" Kawagoe, a Window on Old Japan Near Tokyo
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Kawagoe, Japan – Two kinds of dashi (portable shrine) are shown on display at the Kawagoe Festival Museum, February 14, 2013. In the past, Kawagoe was an important city for trade and strategic purpose, the shogun installed some of their most important loyal men as lords of Kawagoe Castle. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

"Little Edo" Kawagoe, a Window on Old Japan Near Tokyo
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Kawagoe, Japan – Traditional Japanese kites are shown on display at the Kawagoe Festival Museum, February 14, 2013. Every year, the “Kawagoe Festival” is held in the third weekend of October where participants carry portable shrines on the streets in front of large crowds. This festival originated 360 years ago which is supported by Nobutsuna Matsudaira, the lord of the Kawagoe Castle. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)