An unusual event that isn’t quite a festival and isn’t quite an exhibition either (as per the official event name). Instead, this is an unusual event that gets you access to a usually-off-limits area of the detention house in Katsushika ward. The aged complex has a pretty grim role as backdrop for sales of prisoner-made items from inmates across Japan, from shoes to jewelry to potatoes as well as a chance to try prison food for lunch. There’s traditional entertainment of course, and various stalls to survey. While the event takes place in the prison grounds, you won’t be able to access the prison complex itself of course, nor will any prisoners be involved.
Why is this specific prison of interest, you ask? Well… if you’re into the fashionable dark-tourism trend it may peak your interest to know that the prison has held quite the roster of high-profile offenders. Criminals like Shoko Asahara, leader of the Aum Shinrikyo cult responsible for the sarin gas attacks were held and executed here and currently Carlos Ghosn is probably the most high-profile prisoner (although not likely to be executed).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no in-person Furusato Festival in 2021. There will be something happening online though. If you don’t have the time or money to go to those awesome but far-flung regional festivals, this is […]
Daikoku—a god of fortune—is offering up some good luck blessings to set your year off right at this traditional festival. Highlights of the festival include the following two events: On Saturday, a bone-chilling (literally) purification ceremony will be performed—”coming-of-age” participants will douse themselves […]
Note: Due to the new emergency restrictions in Tokyo, this event will now be online only. The Tokyo-based duo of Rie Takeuchi (baritone saxophone) and Gideon Juckes (tuba) present their first online concert, broadcast live from the fireside of a […]
Think second-hand kimonos, ceramics and other small trinkets. This is a good place to find stylish stuff and unusual souvenirs from Japan. Try to arrive early as both the market itself and the surrounding Yurakucho area with its many cafes […]