The Sanja Matsuri is known as one of the “3 Great Shinto Festivals in Tokyo” — along with the Kanda and Sanno festivals. It takes place every year over the third weekend of May.
This is one of Tokyo rowdier festivals. Some 2 million spectators typically turn up to watch rather energetic, sometimes tattooed gentlemen doing what can most accurately be described as “mikoshi jousting.” Whereas in other festivals the mikoshi (portable shrine) bearers may bounce the incredibly heavy mikoshi, during the Sanja Matsuri, fundoshi-clad participants often ride on the top and will try to knock opponents off — even though this is strictly prohibited.
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 […]
Japan’s one-and-only Comedy Roast Battle returns in a slap-bang, beatem up, take-down fest where only one bruised comic will emerge with the national championship belt in their possession. Comedians attempt to outwit each other in hilarious insult matches. Roast Battle […]
Head to Katsushika ward in Tokyo for the yearly iris festival, taking place at Horikiri Shobuen Garden and Mizumoto Park. The Horikiri Shobuen Garden boasts 6,000 iris plants and 200 varieties, while Mizumoto Park is home to 14,000 flowers and […]
Just opened in Daikanyama, “Dog Stories” exhibition features three Japanese artists, all with doggie inspired themes in their work. Even if you’re not a dog lover yourself, there’s a lot to love in this exhibtion. Riya, is a papercut artist […]
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 […]