The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the west side of Ikebukuro Station. Since then, it has grown to be one of the largest events in the area, with the two-part festival taking in the entire neighborhood of Ikebukuro in a festive atmosphere.
The first section is known as the Owl Festival, while the second half is known as the Tokyo Yosakoi Festival. The festival includes an opening ceremony as well as mikoshi (portable shoulder-borne shrines) parades, taiko drum shows, lion dances, hayashi festival music, yosakoi dancing and an Okinawan Eisa Dance show.
2020 has been a strange year full of changes and uncertainties. Through her new illustration series—Engimono—Erica Ward hopes to channel positive energy by collecting images of Japanese ‘engimono,’ symbols of luck and celebration, and combining them with imagery of Tokyo, […]
Kawasaki’s La Cittadella shopping complex is holding its annual summertime event. This year’s theme is “Night Out”, where guests can join a chilled-out alfresco dining experience. This food-fronted event is split into two areas: The “Restaurants Terrace Area” on Cinecitta’ […]
Join the yukata-clad masses in the annual bon dance tradition at Rinko Park—in the shade of the skyscrapers on the Yokohama port waterfront. If the dancing tires you out, there’s also a beer garden and beautiful views of the illuminated […]
Shimokitazawa’s Ichibancho shopping district comes to life in mid-August as the local Awa Odori festival parades through the streets. Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival made up of many groups of choreographed dancers. It’s a chance to see participants donning traditional Obon […]
Held in the southern part of Yokohama, this event sees 3,200 fireworks launched into the skies above the only swimming beach of the city. Marine Park (Umi no Koen) is a great location as there is plenty of space to […]
Officially this is the Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival. Although “Noryo” means “cooling evening”, this festival held during the last weekend of August in the fashionable Azabu-Juban neighborhood, is all about the food. There are two basic types of food stalls—stalls from […]
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