This festival is touted as one of the “three strangest festivals in Kanto”. Given that the competition includes a festival parading giant phalli and another in which participants have faces painted on their bellies, that’s really saying something.
The festival takes place mainly in and around the Okunitama Shrine over a period of 6 days. The first day involves a trip to Shinagawa to collect seawater.
The Philippine archipelago lies over 3,000 kilometers south of Japan, but with the vastness of the Pacific to the east, the two countries are near neighbors (well, sort of, anyway. You see what I mean). Many Filipinos live in Japan, […]
Head out to Fussa, an outlying suburb one hour west of Tokyo, to see one of Japan’s classic summer sights: a field of fireflies. This is the 54th year of this hotaru festival, where 500 fireflies are released into Hotaru Park […]
An easily accessible, sheltered flea market surrounded by ramen restaurants and other eateries—making for a relaxed and enjoyable day out in Tokyo. Chock-full of everything from used clothing to kitchen utensils and electronics, partly sheltered in case of inclement weather […]
One of the larger flea markets in Tokyo, this one lives up to its name with around 800 (!) stalls. You can find everything here, including, possibly, a kitchen sink. There are organic vegetables, crafts, secondhand clothes, toys, antiques and […]