“Delicious Bon-dance Festival” 2019 at Tsukiji Honganji Temple in Tokyo



This festival is called “The most delicious Bon-dance festival in Japan” because Tsukiji is a very famous fish market and has well-known delicious restaurants. As this festival takes place right next to the market area, this celebration got such a determined name

The Tsukiji-Honganji Bon-dance festival(築地本願寺盆踊り, Tsukiji-Honganji-Bon-Odori – the actual name of the festival) is held every summer in the center of Tokyo. In 2018 it was the 71st anniversary. This festival is called “The summer feature of Tsukiji” and has been loved by local people for decades. Not only locals, but a lot of people who live out of Tokyo and foreigners come to see it as well! The festival attracts over 7,0000 people every year.

Festival Breakdown

At the festival venue, you will enjoy many kinds of the traditional dance music, including the rare one, and learn how to dance from the professional dancers who dance at “Yagura” (a high wooden stage.)
When hearing an announcement of the most popular song names, you will notice how everyone claps with smiles. Then, you should try dancing with local people together! They’ll teach you how to dance as well!

Speaking of the Japanese festivals, Japanese drums(和太鼓, Wadaiko)is an essential feature of most of them.
The taiko’s history started from the Jomon period (14,000 – 300 BC).
Nowadays, taiko drums are necessary for events like traditional and modern festivals, concerts, etc. in Japan.a

At this festival, Oedo-Sukeroku Drum (大江戸助六太鼓, Oedo-Sukeroku Taiko) is also played with a athleticism and jaunty rhythm! Don’t miss it as it will be so exciting!
On August 3rd, the fancy dress contest(仮装大会, Kasou-taikai)also takes place. This contest is very funny because everyone wears unique costumes resembling anime characters, monsters, etc. Not only the costumes, but the make-up is also very cool!

Tsukiji Hinganji Temple Opening Hours During the Event

In addition, you can visit the main hall of the temple until 8:00 PM during the festival. Normally, opening time is until 5:00 PM (April to September), 5:30 PM (October to March).

Put on Something Traditional for the Summer Event

If you want to join the dance event, try wearing yukata – a light Japanese summer kimono.
There are women and men models. Male ones have 2 types: “Jin-bei” and “Yukata”. We, Japanese people, wear it for the summer festivals. Nowadays, it is easy to either rent a yukata or even buy it at any department store as it is not very expensive.

Details and Access

Dates: July 31st to August 3rd, 2019. The festival usually takes place for four days at the beginning of August every year.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (※Last day is from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM)
Place: Tsukiji Honganji temple
Address: Tsukiji Honganji temple, 1-15-3, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: For Tsukiji-Honganji-temple
①From Tokyo Metro Hibiya-Line, Tsukiji-station 1min by walk.
②From Toei-Subway Oedo Line, Tsukiji-Market (Tsukiji-shijo) station 5min by walk.

Closing Remarks

Tokyo is a complex city with old traditions and modern culture. This festival is also an event that people preserved for decades. Thus, you’ll be able to touch upon Japanese culture deeply. Please spend a wonderful time with local people!
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