Wed, Dec
22

Winter Solstice Festival

Free

Called the Touji Matsuri or Toujisai in Japanese, this festival takes place at both a shrine (Ana Hachinmangu) and a temple (Houjouji) in the Nishi Waseda area.

Traditionally, this time of year marks the plunge into the depths of winter, so to protect yourself from the cold weather, you can buy a mamori or charm from either the shrine or the temple – or both for good measure.

The charm is called “Ichiyo Raifuku”, which means to turnaround a negative into a positive. The idea being that December 22nd is the darkest day of the year and from the next day, it gets lighter and lighter.

Additionally, there is a large winter market with stalls selling winter produce (such as yuzu citrus) as well as hot food to keep you warm.

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