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Ichiyo Sakura Festival 2019 – Beautiful Oirans Under the Cherry Blossoms

Ai

Yamagata

Writer

Image courtesy of 「© TCVB」

 

Kannon-Ura, the former Yoshiwara is one of the most exciting spots in Tokyo which flourished in the early 17 century when Tokugawa shogunate governed Japan. What has made the district even more popular is the history of the Oiran or Japnese courtesans.
The Oiran considered a type of Yujo, or prostitutes of high rank, who were always beautiful and cultured well.
Because their fashion and art are unique and beautiful, their culture has been cherished in many ways, such as in movies or cosplay.
Ichiyo Sakura Festival is one of the few festivals in modern Japan where you are still able to feel the atmosphere of Oiran at Edo period.
In this article, I will introduce you how to utterly enjoy the glamorous festival taking place in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Matsuri Breakdown

Ichiyo Sakura-Matsuri started in 2003, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the opening of Yoshiwara, preserving cultural traditions of Edo period and embracing the cherry blossoms.
Every year, people enjoy the parade of the residents dressed in traditional clothes and stage shows performed by local children.
Also, there are a lot of food stalls and the flea market, and people can enjoy communicating with locals and tourists.

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Things To Do and See

The luxurious parade of Oiran combined with the scenery of beautiful cherry blossoms is a must-see event.
Historically, the parade of Oiran used to be a kind of fashion show where Oiran showed off their beauty or richness.
Surprisingly, their attire weighs approximately 30 kg!

To be able to take perfect pictures or movies of the Oiran from the front row, I recommend you to arrive at the site at least one hour before the parade starts. The festival dates and time vary by the year, but usually, it starts at 13:00 and 14:45.
Moreover, if you want to communicate with locals and grab something good to eat, you can stop by the food stalls which are on the side of the street.

Details and Access

Date: on the second Saturday of April every year. In 2019 on April 13th. It usually starts at 10:00 and finishes at 16:00. However, you should check the schedule of the parade and stage shows on the official website.

Place: The festival takes place at Ichiyo Sakura Komatsubashi street in Asakusa area.

Address: Taito-ku, Asakusa 3 chome, and 4 chome, Tokyo

Official website (Japanese only)http://www.city.taito.lg.jp/index/event/kanko/itiyouzakuramatsuri.html

Access:

There are several stations located near the Ichiyo Sakura Komatsubashi street:

・Asakusa Station (Ginza Line or Toei Asakusa Line or Tsukuba Express)
・Iriya Station (Hibiya Line)


Other Things to Do In Asakusa

Asakusa is a trendy sightseeing spot in Tokyo, and there are so many other things to see and do.
Here are some of the recommendations from the locals:

Sake no Daimasu

A pub and liquor shop specialized in sake. If you are a sake lover, this shop is the place for you. Not only you can taste all kinds of incredible sake brands, but also purchase bottles as souvenirs. A detailed description of the drinks and food are also available in English.

Chariya Tokyo

A shop is providing cycling tours showing the tourists hot spots around Tokyo. The guides speak proper English, and you are welcome to ask questions about the area. You need to make the reservation beforehand, so please check the website and complete the booking process.

 

Closing Remarks

This festival is worth visiting to enjoy the atmosphere of the Edo period and watch beautiful Oiran along with beautiful cherry blossoms. Moreover, the Kannon-Ura area is much more relaxed and has a local atmosphere comparing with the main street in Asakusa. It is even fun to stroll around the street since there are many unique restaurants or shops around the area.

So, if you need any guides to take you around the festival and show you even more things to do in Asakusa, please check below!

 

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Ai Yamagata

I love shonan, local community. My favorite thing is to explore good places for sake and music.

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