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).
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 […]
The Myoko Mountain Music Festival—aka the M Festival—is Japan’s newest two-day outdoor event. Promoting world-class music, sustainability, art, and outdoor lifestyle, M Festival will bring you closer to nature! The festival takes place at Ikenotaira Ski Resort in Myoko, Niigata […]
Due to COVID-19, the annual Tower Climb has been canceled and replaced with a challenge that you can do anywhere. The Step Up Challenge involves walking 20,169 steps in honor of the 20,169 lives lost last year to suicide. Instead […]
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 […]
A rare opportunity to see a Noh (a live classical Japanese musical drama—the one with the masks) with a twist. Gather at Zozoji Temple on Saturday evening to see the performance unfold outdoors and illuminated by firelight. The performance itself starts at […]
The Autumn Festival at Okunitama Jinja Shrine is also called the Chestnut Festival because—you guessed it—the region is known for its top-quality chestnuts. Apparently, they were presented to the Tokugawa Clan during the Edo period because they are that good. […]
The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is a festival celebrating Shinagawa’s history as the first rest stop on the Tokaido heading south. The Tokaido was Japan’s main east-west route linking Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto during the Edo period. Basically this is a […]
If Red is your favourite color, then mark this event on your calendar. As you’ll probably know from cherry blossom in the Spring and Momiji in the Fall, the Japanese go to 110% on seasonal plant life celebration. The Red […]