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In this article, I would like to introduce a nice festival in the heart of Tokyo. If you are looking for something special to experience in Japan this autumn, Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri is an excellent event to feel the traditions and spend a lovely day among Oirans – Japanese courtesans imagining yourself in the Edo period.
The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri (しながわ宿場祭り) is a festival that takes place every year along a stretch of the Old Tokaido (旧東海道) between Kitashinagawa and Aomonoyokocho. Shinagawa was the famous post town in the Edo period (1603-1868), it was used to be the first post town on the road to Kyoto. It held to transmit the tradition and culture of it to posterity.
The Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri makes the town and streets filled with a lot of people who are performance and festivalgoers. Also, many food stall and other shops line up the road and shrine.
This festival lasts for two days, and both days have interesting points to see. The main point of interest of the first day is the Oiran dochu (procession of glamorous oiran courtesans). Many women who attend the procession wear the oiran courtesans costumes and look fascinating! You will have a great chance to take a great photo together with them, don’t miss it!
On the second day, there is another parade which features the participants dressed as Edo style town girls, Samurais, and many other people from that historical period. You can join this parade, but you need to register earlier to join it. Also, there are many other activities you can enjoy, such as taiko drumming, fire walking exercise, and Rakugo storytelling. You will see and experience the atmosphere of the old post town which is charming and mesmerizing.
Dates: 29th Sep–30th Sep 2018. Usually, the festival is held at the last week of the September every year.
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Place: Old Tokaido. Aomono Yokocho
Official Homepage (Japanese only): http://shinagawa-shukuba-matsuri.com/
The festival is held in the Old Tokaido between Kitashinagawa station and Aomono-yokocho station. The nearest station is Kitashinagawa station, Shimbamba station, Aomono-yokocho station.
After the festival, there are a lot of things to do and places to visit in the Shinagawa area! Shinagawa is not the most famous tourist spot, so I’d like to tell you a bit more about the area.
– A local museum where you can learn about the culture and history of Shinagawa.
-Unique seals and dolphin shows wai for you in the aquarium. The visitors sit very close to the pool, that you almost can touch the animals.
-One of the famous hot springs in Japan and in Tokyo. You will definitely have a great time and relax with your friends and family.
-It is also called Tokyo City Keiba – one of the famous race tracks for horses. On weekends it hosts a flea market.
I am sure that the Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri Festival is one of the best festivals to join. The difference between this festival and other festivals is that the participants can wear Edo style clothes, and you can experience the atmosphere of the Edo period. During the festival the Old Tokaido area fills with a lot of people, so you can connect with locals and enjoy the festival together with them.
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