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Kawagoe – Little Edo Spring Festival

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on April 16, 2014

In late March the Saitama Prefecture City of Kawagoe celebrated its annual Spring Festival, an ongoing event until the first week of May. The opening ceremony and events all took place in the old parts of Kawagoe City known by its nickname of Koedo, or Little Edo due to its old similarities to Tokyo and also because several old Edo period buildings remain in the city. The best preserved of these are to be found in the Kurazukuri street (蔵造りの町並み), an old street lined with massive kura buildings, fire- and earthquake proof store houses for the city’s merchants and samurai. Kawagoe is also famous for its bell tower, Tokinokane, which has spawned two characters used to market the city for tourism and business! The round little Tokimo and the super hero styled Tokinokaneman. Tokimo combines the bell tower with the other famous product of the city, sweet potato.

One of the events of the day, aimed at children and families was the koinobori coloring event. One street was devoted to kids who could color their own personal koinobori, a traditional paper carp hung up across the street. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun and the whole street turned very colorful indeed.

More photos and information on Kawagoe City coming later on this week so stay tuned to learn more about this great tourist destination not far from Tokyo.
















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  1. Timi said, on April 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Those koinoboris look so good..I want to make one myself 😮


    • tokyobling said, on April 21, 2014 at 12:40 am

      You should! Get a few in different sizes and put them up on your balcony! (^-^)


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