It's finally spring. In Tokyo, there are a variety of events being held which lets you experience Japan's traditions, culture and history.
Hakuro no Mai (Heron dance)
The Senso-ji temple in Asakusa started "Hakuro no Mai" to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tokyo being founded on November 1968. Based on the old records left in the temple, this is an event where people dance while wearing heron-like costumes. This beautiful and elegant sight is worth catching. This event will be held on April 10, 2016 (Sunday).
Asakusa horseback archery
Horseback archery is where people shoot arrows while riding on a horse and wearing the clothes of ancient warriors. The sight of them trying to hit the target while controlling the sprinting horse is quite compelling. During the 18th century, this event was annually held during New Year's Day, but the date has since been changed while the event continues to be the same. This event will be held on April 16, 2016 (Saturday).
Narita Taiko (drum) Festival
Around 1500 performers from all over the country gather to celebrate Japan's leading Japanese Drum Festival. The Narita-san Shinsho-ji temple and Omotesando area become the stage for this event, and you won't regret listening to the sound of the gallant drums. "Sen-nen Yoru Butai" is also popular in the event. This musical performance, which is held with a bonfire in the dark night, fills the air with a mysterious atmosphere. It will be held on April 9 (Saturday) and 10 (Sunday), 2016.
Bunkyo Azalea Festival
Nezu Shrine, which has more than 300 years of history, is a popular site for its azaleas. You'll feel as if you're in another world with about 100 species and 3,000 shrubs in full bloom. This will be held from April 9, 2016 (Saturday) to May 5, 2016 (Thursday).
Kameidoten Shrine Fuji (Wisteria) Festival
Wisteria flowers start to bloom from late April. The Japanese are fascinated by these violet flowers which seem to overflow when blooming. This flower has also been a theme in Ukiyoe (Japanese style of art). The contrast is very striking since the the Wisteria flowers are reflected on the water of the pond below it. We also recommend catching the illuminations at night. It will be held from late April to early May 2016.
Annual Spring Festival
The annual spring festival is one of the most important among the festivals being held in Yasukuni Shrine. Various ceremonies are held during the three-day festival. Experience the atmosphere around the peaceful shrine. They also have dance, music and flower exhibits within the grounds which are a form of offering to the gods. This is held annually from April 21 (Thursday) to 23 (Saturday).
Buddha's Birthday Festival
This is an event which celebrates the birth of Buddha. Basing from the legend that it rained of nectar ("Kanro no Ame”) when Buddha was born, tea is poured on Buddha's statue. Other than that, food stalls from nearby restaurants and the Tsukiji Market are set up in the grounds where a lot of people gather. This will be celebrated during early April.
Festivals in "Nihonbashi"
Nihonbashi was built at the same time as the opening of the Edo district in 1604. This beautiful bridge has also been designated as one of the country's important cultural properties. Aiming to preserve the development of the area as well as the bridge, this festival gathers stores of old shops which have existed for several hundreds of years, as well as popular local products. This event will enable you to witness the culture in Edo back then, as well as enjoy the period's ancient atmosphere.
Nihonbashi Hashizume square 日本橋橋詰広場
- Address 1 Chome-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan
Earth Day Tokyo 2016
This is the world's biggest festival which started in 1970 with participation from 175 countries and around 500 million people. Earth Day Tokyo features exhibits and promotions from organizations which work for helping humans and nature live in harmony, as well as helping the global environment, society and peace. Let's try to think about the Earth through unique shops and booths. This will be held for two days from April 23 (Saturday) to 24 (Sunday), 2016.
This is the biggest outdoor event in Japan. You wouldn't believe that it's held in Tokyo, where you can experience outdoor a campsite surrounded by nature. It will be held from April 9 (Saturday) to 10 (Sunday), 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.