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Meiji Jingu Aki no TaisaiMeiji Jingu (明治神宮), located in front of JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station or Tokyo Metro Subway Meiji Jingu-mae Station, is one of the most prestigious Shinto shrines in the whole nation. Being the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo, it is dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his wife Empress Shoken (1849-1914). For details about this shrine, see the article on Meiji Jingu Shrine.
At this shrine, the Aki no Taisai is held from November 1st to 3rd.

Aki no Taisai at Meiji Shrine

Meiji Jingu holds a grand festival biannually - the Haru no Taisai (春の大祭) in May and the Aki no Taisai (秋の大祭) in November - but the one held in fall is larger and more important, since it is an event celebrating the birthday of Emperor Meiji enshrined at this facility. Held mainly from November 1st through 3rd, most of the notable events are held on the last day, which is a national holiday known as Bunka no Hi (Culture Day).
The Tokyo-to Nogyo-sai (東京都農業祭) is also held in the precincts every year from November 2 to 3.

Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

A rite is performed on each of the three days, but on Nov 3, which is the anniversary of Emperor Meiji's birthday, an envoy from the Imperial Court attends the rite.

Bugaku
Haru Taisai at Meiji Jingu
satsuma biwa
明治神宮 秋の大祭
sankyoku
明治神宮 秋の大祭
hogaku hobu
明治神宮 秋の大祭

Bugaku, noh & kyogen, hogaku hobu, sankyoku and satsuma biwa are performed at the temporary stage set up in front of the shrine building. Of these, noh & kyogen is not allowed to take photos.

Folk performing arts
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Folk performing arts will be performed in front of the second torii gate, though what will be played differs every year.

Chrysanthemum exhibition
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Chrysanthemum flowers will be on display along the main approach from the second torii gate. This exhibition will be a month long.

Ikebana
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Ikebana flowers (Japanese traditional flower arragements) offered to the divinities will be displayed at the corridor.

Votive goods
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Sake liquors, traditional sweets and specialty products dedicated to the deities from around the nation are also on display at the corridor.

Martial arts demonstration
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Martial arts will be demonstrated in the northwestern part of the precincts on Nov 3 all day long.

Momote-shiki
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Momote-shiki is a kind of traditional archery ritual. It is held at the northeastern part of the shrine grounds on Nov 3.

Yabusame
Meiji Jingu Aki no Taisai

Perhaps the most famous event held during this festival is the yabusame also held on November 3. I've visited this event once, but due to the crowdedness of visitors and the land form, I couldn't see it at all. Above photo is not the yabusame itself but the horsemen getting ready to participate a few hours before.

Tokyo-to Nogyo-sai

The Tokyo-to Nogyo-sai, literally meaning the Tokyo Agriculture Festival, is also held on the northern grounds of the shrine every year from November 2 to 3.

Tokyo Nogyo-sai

Tents displaying vegetables, flowers, etc. are set up.

Vegetable boat
Tokyo Nogyo-sai

A fortune boat composed of vegetables is on display.

Folk performing arts
Tokyo Nogyo-sai

Stage performances like folk performing arts and drums will be played.

Parade of trucks decorated with vegetables and flowers

Twenty-something mini-truck decorated with vegetables and flowers make procession around the Omotesando area. After that, the vegetables and flowers will be distributed among the visitors of the shrine in front of the first torii gate.

Tokyo Nogyo-sai
Tokyo Nogyo-sai
Meiji Jingu Shrine
1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station from south entrance: JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line Meiji-Jingu-mae Station
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