Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
At the Asakusa's Sanja Festival (Asakusa Shrine Festival) the known brave proceeding of the portable shrine would be discontinued. Asakusa Shrine and the Asakusa Shrine Sponsoring Association on the 20th made the decision after considering the disaster caused by the East Japan great earthquake.
Although this year was scheduled for 20 -22 in May, only the festival ceremony on the 21st put in the wish for the early revival of the stricken area. The carrying of miniature shrines would be discontinued. The festival took the current shape after the War, it was the first time to discontinue.
Shuutakashi Uchida the secretary-general of the Sponsoring Association said that "It was judged necessary to exercise voluntary restrain after considering the current state in which a large amount of victim was seen". Last year during the festival period the crowd had gone up to about 1.6 million people.
The East Japan great earthquake has affected the mood of the Japanese. I hope people's daily life could return to normal as soon as possible.