Japan Festivals: Spotlight on Suginami

This is a post I wrote for Odigo Travel about one of the most exciting festivals that Tokyo offers in the summer. It is extra special since is held in my neighbourhood, Koenji. Please take a look and if you get the chance, come and visit.

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Long working hours and other stressful aspects aside, you can easily say that life in Japan is a party, or better yet: one big festival. If you stay long enough, you’ll notice that from January to December there are festivals or celebrations of some sort held for every month and season that passes by: The Dezome-shiki (Parade of Firemen) in Tokyo in January, the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, Shiga’s Sagicho Matsuri in March, the Sanja Matsuri (Three Shrine Festival) in Tokyo in May, the Soma-Nomaoi (Wild Horse Racing) in Fukushima in July, or the Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) in Kyoto, just to name a few. The style, size, and raison d’être of the festivals vary a lot according to the season, but the common denominators are usually lots of dancing, fervor, drinking, and colourful outfits.

Koenji Awa Odori by Diego Rojas

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