Japanese train spotters take their hobby very seriously (ever seen the contest where people do vocal impressions of all the different train types?) Actually, all of Japan takes railways seriously, which is why we have awesome trains like the Shinkansen and why the Ministry of Land Transport is the official organiser of this event.
Timed to coincide with National Railway Day, There will be booths from the main rail companies and Thomas the Tank Engine – perennial favourite of pre-school children everywhere – will be there too.
The Akishima Citizen Whale Festival will take place on the first weekend at the Showa Park (athletics stadium). The nearest station is the Higashi-Nakagami Station on JR Ome Line. Hihglights include a giant whale being pushed through the streets and […]
Tanabata is celebrated in most places during July – but other places (like Fussa) celebrate it at a time closer to the timing on the traditional calendar. This particular event was started in 1951 for the development of the local […]
Officially ‘Noryo no Yube’ (translates to something like refreshing evening), this event at the Kyuu Yasuda Teien garden features a light up of the gardens as well as haiku performances and traditional koto playing. There will also be ‘yatai’ (outdoor […]
Held every year, this summer nights festival incorporates a series of local festivals held around the water’s edge of Lake Ashi. July 31st: The Kosui Festival – Held to honour the nine-headed dragon who once lived in the lake and […]