One of Tokyo’s three major festivals — Kanda Matsuri — takes place over a period of 8 days in mid May. The main parades are on the Saturday and Sunday in the middle with the ‘reitaisai’ procession on the last day of the festival.
Based in and around Kanda Myojin Shrine near Ochanomizu Station, the Kanda Matsuri is a Shinto festival originally held to celebrate Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa’s famous victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. The festival only takes place on odd numbered years, so if you miss 2019’s you’ll have to wait until 2021 to see it next.
This is a chance to watch yabusame, the impressive Japanese martial art of horse-mounted archery (it’s quite difficult to hit a target from a moving horse) in Asakusa. Although the event starts at 11.45 am, it’s recommended that you get there […]
Combine your hanami with a bit of classic Tokyo style at Roppongi’s Midtown Blossom event. Held in and around the Tokyo Midtown complex and Hinoki-cho Park from mid-March to mid-April, Midtown Blossom features not only a stunning 200m-long avenue of cherry […]
The Ark Hills antique market is much classier compared to some of Tokyo’s usual fairs. In addition to the amazing finds you can usually dig up at a flea market like jewelry and home goods, you can also find stylish […]
Every year, local shoemakers gather at Tamahime Inari Shrine for the Kon-Kon Kutsu Ichi (“Shoe Festival”). In a gesture of customer appreciation, these companies sell their goods (men’s shoes, women’s shoes, sneakers, sandals, bags, belts, leather accessories and material, etc.) for […]