09.19.2018

The Wondrous Mid-Autumn Festivals of Tokyo

When autumn comes, Japan becomes animated with numerous festivals, celebrating the mid-autumn harvest moon. Take a look at what is going on in Tokyo

  • The Wondrous Mid-Autumn Festivals of Tokyo
  • The Wondrous Mid-Autumn Festivals of Tokyo
  • The Wondrous Mid-Autumn Festivals of Tokyo
  • The Wondrous Mid-Autumn Festivals of Tokyo

Tsukimi is the name of the celebration of the full moon, also known aschūshū no meigetsu, literally meaning “magnificent mid-autumn moon”, traditionally taking place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional lunar calendar, which this year will be Monday, September 24. 
 
In addition to tsukimi, the month of September is packed with events that will allow you to experience the rich traditions of the old Edo period in modern Tokyo.
 
Tokyo Tower Otsukimi Diamond Veil
The ever-glistening Tokyo Tower will switch off its lights in the upper and lower part, providing no obstacles to the spectacle of meigetsu. The 600 steps to the main deck, which are usually accessible from 11 am to 4 pm, will stay open until 10 pm only on 24th September. A special gift of a dango rice dumpling and a Japanese susuki grass decoration will be offered to build up the festive mood.
September 24
 
Sankei’en Moon-Viewing Gathering
Designated a Place of Scenic Beauty by Japan in 2007, Sankei’en is a Japanese-style garden with a retro flavour of the Edo and Shōwa Eras to it. It was inaugurated in 1906 by Hara Sankei, a successful Yokohama businessman who built a fortune through the trading of silk and raw silk. From September 21st to 25th, the grounds of Sankei’en will be hosting music and dance performances against the breathtaking backdrop of the illuminated three-storey pagoda and the Rinshunkaku villa (formerly property of the Kii House of Tokugawa).
September 21-25
 
Ikebukuro’s Fukuro Matsuri and Tokyo Yosakoi
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Fukuro Matsuri started out as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the west side of Ikebukuro Station, during the Japanese economic miracle in the post-war years. The festival will be held on September 22 and 23, with dances and mikoshi(portable shrine) processions. On October 7, more than 100 dancing teams from all over the country will gather in the Tokyo Yosakoi dance festival
September 22-23 (Fukuro Matsuri and mikoshi procession)
October 6-7:Tokyo Yosakoi

 
Chūshū Kangen-sai at Hie Shrine
At Hie Shrine in Chiyoda-ku, the mid-autumn full moon is celebrated with gagaku, the traditional Japanese court music,bugaku(ancient court dance) and kagura dancesperformed by miko, the shrine maidens.
October 4 
 
Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri
The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is a festival celebrating Shinagawa’s history as the first post townin the 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō road, Japan’s main east-west route linking Edo (present-day Tokyo) with Kyoto during the Edo period. The two-day event sees about 100,000 people gathering and parading down the route in the costumes of Edo, between two lines of over 150 food carts and stands.
September 29-30 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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