The Asagaya Tanabata Festival takes place every year in the Asagaya Pearl Center. The festival is tradition in East Asian culture taking names such as Qixi Festival in China and Chilseok in South Korea. It celebrates the meeting of two deities, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who according to legend are separated by the Milky Way.
The festival in Asagaya was set up in 1954 by merchants seeking to increase their customers. The festival is famous for its paper-mâché recreations of cartoon characters as well as the traditional Japanese games and a great diversity of foods.
The Namaste India Festival returns to the event square at Yoyogi Park to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary. With the links between India and Japan getting stronger, this festival gets bigger and bigger each year. There will be a large […]
Nabe is a popular winter dish in Japan. Nabe literally means “pot,” but it’s used as a generic term for soups or light stews cooked in an iron or clay pot. Made with dashi (soup stock), vegetables, and meat, nabe has […]
For all things stationery, head to the biggest festival in Japan: the Bungu Joshi Haku. Held over three days in the Tokyo Ryutsu Center, it will host over 120 companies with over 50,000 items to peruse. There will be all […]
The ginkgo trees of Hachioji were planted along the streets when the city expanded during the Showa period. Usually, there are a number of events planned around the crowds coming to see the leaves—such as parades of classic cars and […]