Nebuta Matsuri – Tachikawa
In August every year the legendary Nebuta Matsuri from the north of Japan visits Tokyo for real, in the western Tokyo city of Tachikawa. You don’t get many chances to see the real thing this far south so of course I went to see it. It’s a three day event and I caught the last of it. During the festival they parade huge lit floats of mythological characters made out of paper while dancers, drummers and flutists dance wildly around in their very colorful costumes and decorated amigasa headwear. The floats look great and the main street of the festival area is full of people enjoying the great food put out by the local shops and organizations. Tachikawa is only 27 minutes from Shinjuku on the fastest commuter train. I’ll post more photos later!