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Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri – This Weekend

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on June 11, 2014

This weekend there’s as usual for the Japanese summer a whole slew of great festivals to visit. One of my favorites is the Yoshiwara Gionsai, or the Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture an hour and a half on the train west of Tokyo. Fuji City and the Yoshiwara neighborhood is famous industries and manufacturing, hence the festival is quite lively, very down to earth and there’s plenty of kids and youngsters making this festival their own. I think it is partly this energy that makes it so much fun. There’s usually quite a few tourists from Shizuoka coming over to visit but not so many from Tokyo or Nagoya.

You can see more photos from the 2013 festival here:
Yoshiwara Gion Matsuri – Fuji City
Yoshiwara Gion Festival Beauties



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  1. Coal said, on June 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Looks good. Might try and go to that! 🙂


  2. Mikku said, on June 13, 2014 at 2:17 am

    With the return of sunny weather, I’m tempted to go there myself though would prefer something a little closer to home. I don’t suppose there’s any awa in or around Tokyo tomorrow (Saturday)?


    • tokyobling said, on June 13, 2014 at 2:46 am

      It is a very nice festival and a good chance to get out of the city. There is a minor fair happening in 武蔵小金井駅前 on Saturday that will have a very short 15 minute performance by a good team, but the main Awaodori season is still a little bit away.


  3. Mikku said, on June 13, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for the quick reply!


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