In its 70th year, Hiratsuka’s Tanabata is the biggest in the Kanto region, attracting around 1.7m visitors over the three days of the festival. The colourful festivities will be centered around the shopping street on the north side of Hiratsuka station. The official event will continue until 9pm on Friday and Saturday and until 8pm on Sunday.
Officially, it is one of the “three great Tanabata Festivals in Kanto”, although the other two (in Iruma and Mobara) are much smaller.
2020 has been a strange year full of changes and uncertainties. Through her new illustration series—Engimono—Erica Ward hopes to channel positive energy by collecting images of Japanese ‘engimono,’ symbols of luck and celebration, and combining them with imagery of Tokyo, […]
Kawasaki’s La Cittadella shopping complex is holding its annual summertime event. This year’s theme is “Night Out”, where guests can join a chilled-out alfresco dining experience. This food-fronted event is split into two areas: The “Restaurants Terrace Area” on Cinecitta’ […]
Join the yukata-clad masses in the annual bon dance tradition at Rinko Park—in the shade of the skyscrapers on the Yokohama port waterfront. If the dancing tires you out, there’s also a beer garden and beautiful views of the illuminated […]
Shimokitazawa’s Ichibancho shopping district comes to life in mid-August as the local Awa Odori festival parades through the streets. Awa Odori is a traditional dance festival made up of many groups of choreographed dancers. It’s a chance to see participants donning traditional Obon […]
Held in the southern part of Yokohama, this event sees 3,200 fireworks launched into the skies above the only swimming beach of the city. Marine Park (Umi no Koen) is a great location as there is plenty of space to […]
Officially this is the Azabu-Juban Noryo Festival. Although “Noryo” means “cooling evening”, this festival held during the last weekend of August in the fashionable Azabu-Juban neighborhood, is all about the food. There are two basic types of food stalls—stalls from […]