Posts Tagged ‘event’

Matsuri- Festivals held this weekend in Tokyo

June 6, 2012

Sanno Matsuri

A few major festivals will be held in Tokyo this weekend. As those festivals were cancelled last year because of the disaster happened in March, Japanese people are looking forward to those festivals especially this year.

1. Sanno Matsuri  at Hie Shrine

June 7 (Thu.) – 17(Sun.) 

Main Event :  Jinko Matsuri on June 8th. (Fri.)   :  This festival was originally started in Edo period, more than 380 years ago.  The three biggest festivals in Tokyo. Hundreds of people dressed in historical costumes will set off in a procession and parade in the center of Tokyo.<image> The scene is very gorgeous and very special, too.

– what time and where you can see the procession?

7:45  depart from Hie Shrine at Akasaka  >  10:10  Yasukuni Shrine  >  11:45  The Imperial Palace (Sakashita Gate) > 12:20  Tokyo Station (Marunouchi exit) > 13:25  Nihombashi Hie Shrine > 15:15  Ginza 4-Chome intersection >  16:15 Imperial Hotel > 17:00 Return Hie Shrine   Detail PDF

2. Tsukiji Lion Matsuri at Namiyoke Shrine, Tsukiji

June 7 (Thu.)  –  10 (Sun.)

Main Event :  Togyo on June 9 (Sat.). This year people’s passion and enthusiasm  are very special. The shrine’s name, ‘Namiyoke” literary means “keeping away from the wave”, because this shrine was originally established for fishermen. But this year everyone wants to commemorate for the victims from Tsunami and pray for the safety from the wave.

– what time and where you can see the Omikoshi (portable shrine)?

12:55 Depart from the shrine > 17:00 Tsukiji station > 21:00 Return to the shrine    Detail PDF


Don’t miss this chance if you are in Tokyo this time. Please don’t forget to bring your camera with you!


Summer festivals in Tokyo – 2011

July 13, 2011

Although lots of summer festivals are cancelled this year due to the tragic disaster in Tohoku area, still some of the festivals are scheduled to be held.  Some are especially for the memorial to the victims.


July 13  – 15   7:00 pm —   Tsukuda Island Bon Dance Festival     @Tsukuda Island  (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line  Tsukishima station  7 min.)

July 13 – 16  6:00 pm —  Yasukuni Shrine Mitama Festival  @Yasukuni Shrine (Metro Tozai line Kudanshita station 5 min.)

July 20 – 23   5:30 pm —  Kagurazaka Festival  @ Kagurazaka (JR / Metro Tozai line Iidabashi station  2 min.)

July 21 – 22  3:00 pm —   Shimbashi Koichi Festival  @ Shimbashi SL square (JR/Metro Ginza line/ Toei Asakusa line  Shimbashi station 1 min.)

July 23- 24 10:00 am- 5:00 pm  Edogawa ward Golden Fish festival @3-2-1, Kita Kasai, Edogawa-ku  ( Metro Tozai line Nishi Kasai station 10 min.)

July 26 7:20 – 8:00 pm   Katsushika Firework Festival  @ 7-17-13, Shibamata, Katsushika-ku  (Keisei Kanamachi line  Shibamata station 10 min.)

July 30  1:30 – 7:00 pm   Shinjuku Eisa (okinawa dance) Festival , Shinjuku  (JR, Metro, Keio, Odakyu line)

July 29 and 30  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  Jizoson Bon Dance Festival @ Zojoji temple (JR Hamamatsucho station 10 min., Shiba Koen station of Toei Mita line 3 min. Daimon station of Toei Oedo line, Toei Asakusa line 5 min.)

Aug 3-6  7:00 – 9:00 pm  Tsukiji Honganji Bon Dance Festival  @Tsukiji Honganji temple (Metro Honganji station 1 min.)

Aug 6 7:30 – 8:30 pm  Jingu Gaien Firework Festival  @Jingu baseball stadium (Metro Ginza line Gaienmae station 7 min.)  *Need to buy the ticket

Aug 13    6:30 – 8:00 pm   Asakusa Lantern Festival @Sensoji temple – Sumida river park (Metro Ginza line/Toei Asakusa line  Asakusa station 3 min.)

Aug 27   7:00 – 8:30 pm   Sumida River Firework Festival @Asaskusa ( same as above)

Aug 27,28  3:00 – 6:00 pm    Koenji Awa dance Festival @Koenji (JR Koenji station 1 min.)

Aug 27, 28  10:00 am- 6:00 pm  Super Yosakoi Festival  @Harajuku (JR Harajuku station 1 mim.)


On our bike tours, we sometimes come across those local festivals. Enjoy bike tour and you’ll feel as if you are locals!

GAMBARO NIPPON!   がんばろう日本!!

Mochitsuki – Rice cake making festival

February 14, 2010

Traditionally we, Japanese people have rice cake making event during new year time. Sometime at schools, sometime at  neighborhood association, we have this event.  The rice cake  is called “Mochi”, and rice cake making event is called “Mochitsuki” in Japanese.  We, especially all the children like “Mochitsuki” festival very much, but this has another aspect as a religious ritual.

  During today’s tour (Route B, Sumo wrestler’s ride), we came across  a chance to join the Mochi pounding ceremony. A few Sumo wrestlers whose stable locates this neighborhood have also joined this event. The one in this photo is famous Sumo wrestler, Takami Zakari (高見盛). One of our guests were also appointed to pound the Mochi.

Mochi and Chanko soup (special food for Sumo wrestler) were served to us at free of charge! We were so lucky!!

This kind of  something unexpected surprise always makes us very happy.