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.
Some of the major seasonal festivals during rainy season are based around the hydangrea flower (called ajisai in Japanese). The ajisai festivals are on all over Tokyo and beyond around the middle of June. One of the better ajisai festivals takes place annually […]
The Vietnam Festival is back with all the trimmings. Held at Yoyogi Park, the event stage will host the weekend’s performances, stating with a folk art performance featuring ao dai (traditional Vietnam silk tunic). The ao dai show is at 10:00 on […]
As the name suggests, this little market is all about reducing waste and wastefulness—the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s shop-till-you-drop culture. It’s a good place to pick up snazzy secondhand clothes for cheap-cheap, as well as DVDs, CDs (remember those?), books […]
The Lift-Off Film Festival has long since been established in the wonderful city of Tokyo, and it’s that time of year again for us to be returning once more! This May, Tokyo Lift-Off returns to celebrate the best that the […]