New Year’s first visit in 2023, Tokyo

Happy New Year! New Year’s Day in Tokyo was a peaceful start to the year. After visiting my guardian shrine nearby, then I visited Meiji Jingu shrine and Asakusa Sensoji-temple, to see how many people have come back for New Year’s visits this year. Meiji Jingu in the early afternoon seemed to be a little shorter than it used be before COVID-19, but there were still long lines of people looking forward to the new year. Passing through the first torii made of brand-new cedar, which was rebuilt last July for the first time in about 100 years, and enter … Continue reading New Year’s first visit in 2023, Tokyo

Bon Odori dance festivals

Bon Odori dance festivals were held here and there in Tokyo in this summer. Many festivals have been canceled for two years due to the COVID19, and the first time in three years. I visited Nakano bon-odori festival, one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. Before arriving the place, I was thinking just to watch the festival, but the rhythm of the dance song naturally moves the body. It’s nice to be able to easily remember dances with simple pattern, such as Tokyo Ondo and Tanko Bushi, and feel free to participate. However, I couldn’t dance Kawachi Ondo as well … Continue reading Bon Odori dance festivals