Kameido Tenjin Shrine will be holding its most renown ritual—Usokae—again this year, as it has for the past two centuries. The ritual centers around a bullfinch, a type of bird associated with bringing luck. Wooden bullfinch figurines acquired last year are exchanged for new ones, which will renew blessings of luck, happiness and prosperity for the upcoming year. If you’re looking for a traditional and uniquely Japanese way to “ring out the old, ring in the new”, this is a good place to start.
For nearly a decade now, This&That Café has been an opportunity for creative minds to converge and collaborate. People come for the art, the music, the good vibes, and the serendipitous interactions. It seems like ages since we have been […]
To promote World Environment Day (which falls on June 5th) and World Environment Month, the Eco Life Fair will return to the event square at Yoyogi park for two days. This year’s theme is “From awareness, to action” Some of the […]
The Torigoe Matsuri in June is a big event if only for the main feature: the procession of Torigoe Shrine’s omikoshi (portable shrine) weighing in at 4 tons—the biggest in Tokyo. Like the Sanja, this matsuri also involves smaller shrines from the […]
The Vietnam Festival is back with all the trimmings. Held at Yoyogi Park, the event stage will host the weekend’s performances, stating with a folk art performance featuring ao dai (traditional Vietnam silk tunic). The ao dai show is at 10:00 on […]
The Tokyo Toy Show is Japan’s biggest show for the toy trade. While the first two days (Thursday and Friday) are trade only days, the event is open to the public on the weekend. Don’t expect it to be just […]