Sensoji Hana Matsuri
The traditional event to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, also known as Hana Matsuri – Flower Festival! While Buddhist temples across Japan will also be celebrating, Sensoji holds one of the most popular gatherings in Tokyo. Many worshippers flock to pay their respects, and a special portrait of Buddha is hung inside the temple. A hana mido (flower altar) is erected outside the temple’s main hall, housing a small statue of young Buddha which visitors can sprinkle with ama cha, a special tea made from hydrangeas, in a ritual symbolizing his birth. Sensoji’s celebrations also feature a large white elephant, representing a dream seen by Buddha’s mother.