You can see and even participate in fire walking at the Mt Takao Hiwatari Festival, held near Takaosan Yakuouin Temple. The sacred act of walking on hot coals and embers is regarded as an act of cleansing and purification, which, as well as being good for cold feet, also apparently promotes plenty of good stuff including world peace, longevity and health, prevention of disaster, and protection from road accidents. There are still some risks though: of two friends who tried it a few years back, one got across unscathed while the other got burnt feet!
The festivities are a short walk from Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio Takao Line from Shinjuku.
A new generation of underground artists are reconceptualizing the avant-garde and for two days their creative works are on display for the world to enjoy. Tokyo Art Tank provides a vast and eclectic body of work that is enjoyable for […]
This parade celebrating Vyshyvanka (traditional Ukrainian embroidery) returns for the 8th time to Tokyo. The parade will depart Tokiwa Park at 1:30pm, proceed to Sotobori Dori, follow Sotobori until Sukiyabashi Crossing and then swing to the Northwest, heading towards Hibiya […]
The Okinawa Festival showcases the food, culture, music and crafts of Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Enjoy an Orion beer while watching performances from Okinawan artists and comedians. There will also be performances of eisa — Okinawa’s unique style of traditional dancing.
The Tokyo Jazz Festival takes place at few venues across the city, some of which are paid, but the free gigs can be found at Yoyogi Park. And we like free. The festival will feature artists, both seasoned professionals and up-and-comers. […]
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 […]