We have many festivals and events all year round, but especially summer is a season when a lot of Matsuri (festival) are held in Japan. The world “Matsuri” literally means “enshrine” and so the origin of Matsuri comes from the ritual to pray and thank God for the abundant crops. Also it is very humid and hot in summer, people need to pray for the future well-being.
It must be nice to experience Japanese Matsuri with local people, who may be much more open attitude than usual after a couple of beers and Sakes 🙂
Here are some of the scheduled Matsuri in Tokyo in this summer.
＊July 13 – 15 (6pm- 9pm) Bon Dance festival @ Tsukuda Island (Tsukishima station /Yurakucho line)
＊July 13, 14 (2pm – 9pm) Tsukishima Kusaichi @Tsukishima (Tsukishima station/Yurakucho line)
＊July 24-27 Kagurazaka Festival @Iidabashi station (JR, Tozai, Yurakucho, Nanboku line)
＊ July 25, 26 Shimbashi Koichi Festival @ Shimbashi station (JR, Ginza line)
＊July 26, 27 Bon Dance festival @ Zojoji temple (Shibakoen station)
＊July 27 (7pm – 8.30pm) Sumidagawa Firework festival @Asakusa
＊July 31 – Aug 3 Tsukiji Honganji temple @Tsukiji (Hibiya line)
＊Aug 10 Tokyo Bay Firework festival (6.50pm – 8.10pm) @Odaiba
Enjoy Tokyo’s hot summer!!