Tokyo’s October Festivals

The pleasant autumnal breezes of October make a most favourable weather for festivals in the city

  • Tokyo’s October Festivals
  • Tokyo’s October Festivals
  • Tokyo’s October Festivals

Mid-Autumn Kangen Matsuri (October 4)
Hie Shrine in Akasaka is the venue of a number of traditional performance, including gagaku, ceremonial music, bugaku, dance music, and Sannō-taiko (drums), underneath the moonlight, in a magical journey through space and time to the world described in the Man’yōshū poetry collection.
Japan Umeshu Matsuri in Tokyo (October 6-9)
At Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine you can savour umeshu from all over Japan in the charming ambience of downtown Tokyo. You will find all sorts of plum wine from Hokkaidō to Okinawa, with a brandy finishing or even matcha-flavoured. When you purchase the ticket, either in advance or the same day, you will receive a token for umeshu tasting.
18th Tokyo Yosakoi within Fukuro Matsuri (October 7-8)
The festival is expected to bring together some 250,000 people, with more than 100 dancing teams competing for the Tokyo City Governor’s Prize. Each team will perform in different venues, such as Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, Otsuka Kitaguchi Station square, Sugamo Station square and Mejiro Station square, each with an original dance. After the award ceremony, all the participants will dance to “Hifumi”, Tokyo Yosakoi’s original song as part as the special programme for Fukuro Festiva’s 50th Anniversary. All the vibrant colours of the costumes will be a feast for the eyes. And if you get hungry, you can stop at one of the thirty stands.
Kawagoe Matsuri (October 14-15)
The history of Kawagoe Festival begins when the customs and refinement of Edo reached the land across the Shingashi River, north west of the capital. Kawagoe Festival consists of the Reitaisai festival held at Hikawa Shrine, immediately followed by Jinkōsai festival and Float Event. Jinkōsai festival started in 1648 by demand of the reigning Kawagoe clan lord Nobutsuna Matsudaira Izunokami, who offered religious artifacts, such as a portable shrine, a lion mask and taiko drums to Hikawa Shrine. The festival has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and the Float Event is also registered in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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