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Tokyo Bunkyo Ume Festival: Visit Yushima and see plum blossom full bloom

Michiko

Writer

Tokyo Bunkyo Ume Festival will introduce the biggest festival in the Bunkyo area around Tokyo. You can see beautiful blooms before the cherry blossom season. In the case you arrive at Tokyo before cherry blossom season, why don’t you visit Yushima and see plum blossom full bloom? 

Matsuri Breakdown:

I will introduce a flower festival in Tokyo Bunkyo Ume called in English “Japanese plum” Festival, which is held in a shrine, Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin). Around 300 trees of plum are planted in the yard and most of them are a type of “Shiro-Kaga,” a single layer white blossom. Not only this type, you can see about ten types of blossoms such as pink ones and double-flowered ones. Although the season of bloom is normally from February to March, you can enjoy events during the festival held from February 8 to March 8, 2018. Traditional tea ceremony You can join a traditional tea ceremony in the yard, which will be held on Sunday. At the ceremony, you can see the special manners of making green tea and having it. It is curious to know the traditional ways of having tea.

Dance and music shows during the festival, you can see dance shows. “Nihon-Buyo” is a traditional dance, in which people dance with wearing kimono with elegance. You also enjoy music with traditional materials such as Japanese drums and string instrument, Shamisen. The rhyme and sound of the Japanese traditional music are so different from the contemporary ones. You may be mesmerized. and also Flea Market will be held in weekends during the Festival. Each weekend, specialty goods of a region are selected and introduced. February 10 – 13 in Ishikawa prefecture specialty February 24 -25 in Kumamoto prefecture specialty March 3 – 4 in Fukushima prefecture specialty Soba-noodle distributionJapanese noodle, soba, will be distributed on Sunday February 18. Slurping up noodles with flavor is Japanese way. Try it.


Things To Do and See:

Pray to become smart and get good luck. This shrine is allegedly said to give a good luck to win for business, exam, sport, election, and lots. It also said to fulfill wishes especially about academic success, so many students visit to pray their success. To get the luck, buy a charm by the main building. EmaEma is a wood plate for people to pray their wish. Many people write about their wish of passing exam, but you can write anything. After writing your wish, you tie it to a wall. Nade-ushi there is a statue of cow by a water place, which is said to cure a bad part. A person who has an illness touches the same part of the cow to cure the illness. For example, if you have nasal illness, you touch the nose of the cow. Houmotsuden (exhibition building)One of the building is for exhibitions such as drawings and Mikoshi, which is a kind of float. At festivals, people march with carrying Mikoshi on their shoulder. Mikoshi is lacquered and rich in ornament with painstaking craftsmanship. You can find high artisan’s skill of Japanese traditional craft.


Details and Access:

Yushima Tenjin is located in two minute walk from Yushima station on Metro Chiyoda-line. You can also walk from Ueno and Okachimachi area. You can walk from Okachimachi station of JR Yamanote line (8 minutes), Ueno-Okachimachi station of Oedo line (5 minutes) and Ueno-hirokouji station of Ginza line (5 minutes).

Other Things to Do around Yushima:

Walk down to East After enjoying a historical spot, you can walk down to a busy shopping street, Ameyoko near JR Okachimachi station. At the year end, many Japanese people rush to Ameyoko to buy food for new year’s day, such as crabs and other seafood at a bargain. Haggling down the price with the shopkeepers is also fun. There are also a lot of food stalls, so you can enjoy shopping and eating.*

Walk around Yanesen area:

Yanesen is the place gathering a small shops, which is good for going on a walk. Yanesen indicates an abbreviated word of three areas, Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi. Each place has nice cozy restaurants and unique shops. Academic area Bunkyo-ward is known for an academic area, where many famous schools and universities are located. Near Yushima Tenjin, there is a top university in Japan, Tokyo University. The red gate (Akamon) is famous because it is a symbol of the university and a historic site that the richest samurai Maeda family built.Closing RemarksYou can see the relaxed atmosphere in Tokyo even inside of Yamanote line. Please enjoy not only Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi, but a calm area, Yushima.

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Michiko

I lived and studied in Singapore and have a lot of friends in many countries.

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