Cheapo Weekend for April 14-15: Courtesans, Wisteria and Horseback Archery

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A rare chance to see horseback archery, a traditional Oiran Dochu procession, an everything-doggo festival and more.

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Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura Festival – April 14

Don’t miss the Oiran Dochu, a procession of traditional Japanese courtesans or “women of pleasure”. See brilliantly colored kimonos, whimsical makeup and traditional performances by the experts of “old-world charm”.

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Wanwan Carnival – April 14-15

The Wan Wan (onomatopoeia for the sound a dog makes in Japanese) Carnival is a the ultimate fido festival. All the dog-related merch and activities will get your tail wagging—from clothes and grooming, to professional dog photos, dancing dogs, and various (obedience, agility and speed-eating) contests.

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Kamakura Matsuri – April 8-15

The annual Kamakura Matsuri festival features a variety of parades and performances and, notably, an impressive display of yabusame (horseback archery).

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Wisteria Festival – April 15-May 6

Another beloved blossom, wisteria is celebrated at Kameido Tenjin Shrine with food stalls, tea ceremonies and ikebana displays.

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Midtown Blossom 2018 – Ends April 15

This is the last weekend to squeeze every last drop out of sakura season with an enchanting 200 m walkway of illuminated cherry trees.

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