Kanda Myojin is Shinto shrine known as the Tutelary Shrine of All Edo was founded in 730 near Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku. It enshrines the guardian deities for the 108 neighborhoods including Kanda, Nihonbashi, Otemachi, Marunouchi and Akihabara. Because of the expansion of Edo castle, it was relocated to the present site.
What you may see right after going through Ohtorii is Zuishinmon entirely made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) painted in red. It is sculpted with “Shijin”, Four Mythological Symbols of China (Azure Dragon, Vermillion Bird, White Tiger and Black Tortoise) in each direction according Chinese constellations. Recently, there are ema (wooden tablet onto which wishes are written) and omamori (charm) collaborated with an animation titled “Love Live!” because the shrine appears in the story. This shrine attracts a lot of foreign tourists for feeling Tokyo where tradition and modernism coexist.
You cannot talk about Kanda Myojin without mentioning Kanda Matsuri. It is one of three biggest festivals in Japan as well as Gion-Matsuri in Kyoto and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. The origin of the festival is to celebrate victory of Tokugawa family in the battle of Sekigahara but it became a grand festival in Edo period. It was called “Tenka Matsuri.” The parades were allowed to enter Edo castle and feudal lords enjoyed the mikoshi parades all over the town. And then it developed into the grand festival of Edo. In 2015, Kanda Matsuri cerebrated memorial of 400 years of enshrine. Elaborated parade went around Kanda, Nihonbashi, Akihabara, Otemachi, and Marunouchi. The fashion of the festival has not changed. Each neighborhood has their original hanten, and visited Kanda Myojin carrying mikoshi filled with people’s high-spirits. Hope you can feel spirits of Edokko (local citizens of Tokyo).