Events in Tokyo and the vicinity
April - 4 : Shi-gatsu
The giant Japanese wisteria standing by the building of Mr.Inoue’s at Mikawashima Town in Arakawa-ku Ward, Tokyo, begins to bloom in late April, lasts for 1 or 2 weeks. This tree was only 60cm tall when it first bloomed, but, now has grown to 12m high. This 1973-born wisteria is called Fuji-no Otaki 藤の大滝, means the wisteria blooming like a large waterfall, and has been designated as a preserved tree by Arakawa municipal government.
A large food festival held at Hibiya Park near the Imperial Palace in Central Tokyo. About 60 restaurants from Hokkaido to Okinawa join in this event and offer their signature dishes cooked with fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables locally produced in Japan. Signature dishes sold at their food stalls include Shushi and Ramen, offered at reasonable price.
This is an event held to promote motorsports in Japan. Admission is free.
A traditional festival held at Asakusa Sensoji Temple to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.
This street festival is held at Komatsubashi Dori Street in the northern district of Asakusa, situated at the back of Sensoji Temple. The highlight is the parade of people in a gorgeous costume of Kimono, walk down the street fringed with cherry trees called Ichiyo Yae Sakura.
Yabusame is the art of shooting arrows on horseback, performed as a traditional ceremony that derives from horse riding exercises for Samurai Warriors. The Yabusame begins at 1:00 PM in Sumida-koen park near Kototoi-bashi bridge. A pre-ceremony starts from 11:00AM at Sanyabori-hiroba place in Sumida-koen Park (near the Taito-ku Riverside Sports Center)