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Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine Town Festival 2018 – Cozy Local Festival in Itabash

Takako

Kanai

Writer

Many people enjoy festivals in Japan. Of course, famous big festivals in Japan are must-see events. But let’s not forget that there are plenty of small local festivals which attract fewer people, but that doesn`t mean that they are less colorful and inspiring. In this article, I’m going to introduce a great local festival – Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine Town Festival. It takes place in Itabashi area, so you can easily access it. If you want to avoid crowds at big festivals, this event is for you!


About Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine Festival

Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine Festival is held once a year in September. Most summer festivals in Japan are held in July and August. So, this festival is a bit different from other summer festivals. This festival is a great event to see traditions on a local scale. Unlike at big festivals, here you can feel cozier, come closer to the procession and carefully examine the Mikoshi.

 

 

It takes 30 minutes by train from Tokyo Station to Tokiwadai, so it’s easy to go to and enjoy this festival. At this festival, you can see lots of people wearing traditional Japanese clothes – yukata. Each team carrying different Mikoshi has a different style of yukata. Tenso Shrine and its surroundings are the main venues of this festival. The shrine was founded in the Muromachi (1336-1578) period. It also has the guardian dog that was damaged by air bombing in Showa period. Thus, this shrine is riddled with history.

Things to Do and See

You can check out “Mikoshi” or portable shrines at this festival. There are many kinds of different mikoshi as each shrine and festival has a different god. People who live around the shrine carry it and go around the neighborhood bearing it on their shoulders. This is a very inspiring scene indeed! Not only men but also women and kids join this activity. The reason why people carry it is to spread the great power of the gods and protect people from evil spirits. You can even carry it with them if you want to join and try it!

When the mikoshi come back to the shrine, you can also enjoy authentic Japanese drum performance at the stage of the shrine. These rhythms create a charming and very spiritual atmosphere.

Eat Festival Foods

There are a lot of food stalls at the festival. Around 180 stalls open around the area during the festival. I think one of the best parts of the festival is eating the food from these stalls. Most popular foods would be takoyaki, baby castella, apple candy, and crepes.

Other than food stalls, they also have game stalls. You can try goldfish scooping or the shooting gallery. Goldfish scooping is the most popular game among children. The scoop is made of a thin sheet of Japanese paper, so you need to be careful not to tear the paper apart while you are playing. There’s a trick to doing it right, and if we go together I can teach you, and we can enjoy the festival like locals.

This is a photo of the festival’s stands. People walk around and pick all that yummy festival food!

Details and Access

Dates: In 2018 the festival will last for two days on Sept 22nd (Sat) and 23rd (Sun). It’s usually held around late September but the actual date is different every year, so if you want to go, please check the schedule in advance.

Place: Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine

Address: Tokyo, Itabashi, Minamitokiwadai, 2-4−3

Official page of Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine: https://www.tokiwadai-tenso.com/

Access:

Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine in the Itabashi area, and it is only a 3-minute walk from Tokiwadai station.

Other Things to Do in Itabashi

There are a lot of parks in this area. For example, Tokyo Metropolitan Jyohoku central park. If you have children, you should take them to this park after enjoying the festival.

Japan Calligraphy Museum

If you have a bit more time, please pay a visit to Japan Calligraphy Museum which is only 10 min walk from Tokiwadai station. The exhibitions include old writing, modern calligraphy, a collection of contemporary calligraphy works, dolls, lacquerware, pottery and many more.

Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro

This paradise for Japanese Hot Spring lovers is also only 10 minutes away from Tokiwadai station by walk. After enjoying the festival, this is the best place to soak in warm water and relax. This place is not a tourist trap, and you can see many locals there as well. This onsen has indoor and outdoor bath with a beautiful Japanese garden.

Closing Remarks

I think the Tokiwadai Tenso Shrine Festival is an attractive festival for those who would like to explore Japanese culture in a more cozy way. It’s not a major festival, but on the other hand, you can experience a celebration that local Japanese people often go to. It is held once a year, and if you have an opportunity to check out the area, not at the festival time, you’ll be able to see a massive transformation that the area goes through during the event.

You can experience this festival as well with local friends! If you need any guides to take you around the festival and show you even more things to do in the area, please check below!

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URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

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Don`t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

Image courtesy of Tomomarusan

For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/

Takako Kanai

Hello. My name is Takako Kanai. I'm a university student now. I love eating especially sweets!

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