Kinryu-no-mai: Golden dragon dance of Sensoji temple

 

Golden dragon dance Image credit: Gotokyo

Golden dragon dance Image credit: Gotokyo

Held on March 18 every year, Kinryu-no-mai is the main event at the Honzon Jigen-e ceremony celebrating the day Shokanzeon Bosatsu, the deity enshrined in Senso-ji Temple, manifested (jigen) to the world in 628 in the form of a golden dragon descending from the sky, creating overnight a grove of a thousand pines—a symbol of the worldly benefit of a rich harvest. The dance is named after Mt. Kinryu-zan, the honorific name prefixed to Senso-ji Temple.

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Date: March 18 (Sun), 2012. (This event is held on March 18 every year.)

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