Watching Sumo wrestlers trying to make babies cry might seem like an odd pastime, but in Asakusa’s Sensoji it’s an age-old tradition. The 400-year-old event takes place at a few different temples and shrines across Japan but this is by far the most popular. The babies are a year old and the challenge is to see which cries first—becoming the winner. If they cry at the same time, the winner is determined by who cries the loudest and if a baby laughs, an ogre-mask-clad priest will often step in to encourage some tears.
There are two competitions: one held at 11:10 am and one at 2:20 pm so don’t worry if you can’t make the earlier one. Parents pay around 15,000 yen to have their babies participate and it’s quite a privileged opportunity as the tears encourage good health and drive away any evil spirits. This is the root behind the popular Japanese saying that a crying baby grows faster (although we assume this is little comfort to tired parents at 2am).
From October 10th to November 8th, Shinrin Park in Saitama Prefecture will hold a light-up and illumination event called “Halloween Night in the Forest”. Walk through the park at night enjoying the Halloween-themed artworks and installations, which include: a Sogetsu-style […]
Always a good place to be for Halloween, especially if you’re keen to brave the Shibuya Scramble, Womb is a crowd pleaser. DJs this year will be an ensemble of talent including Entry for Bump_Halloween is a flat when ordered […]
The most famous Halloween parade in all of Japan is the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. The 24th edition of the festivities will take place online in 2020, making it a world-wide event. This year’s theme is “Cyberspace Costumes”. Note: Photos are […]
Running for over 40 years, the Edogawa Fireworks Festival is one of the more senior fireworks festivals in Tokyo. The venue, on the banks of the Edo River, is a 25-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station and a 15-minute walk […]
AMP is back and this line up is so incredibly red hot that it’s going to blow the doors off of every venue in the city! Organizers have spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears putting this one together […]
We’re totally in love with Showa Kinen Park—it’s a massive park with dazzling trees, myriad flowers, a dragonfly marsh, bird sanctuaries, fountains, bike trails, a kids area and everything else you could possibly want out of a park. But autumn […]
If you are in the vicinity of JR Koenji Station on the last weekend of October, you will be able to watch and take part in the Koenji Festival. Unlike the mammoth Awaodori Festival in summer, the “Koenji Fes” seems […]