Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015. Snowing and cold in Tokyo, don’t worry there are plenty of fun activities and events to keep you warm and happy. The top recommendations for this weekend are 1. The Hakuho Cup (kids sumo tournament), 2. Annual 83rd Shimokita Tengu Festival, 3. Meguro Gajoen Hina Matsuri Doll Exhibit and 4. Aneby Play Center. Also, a great weekend to go ice skating or go shopping at one of the many antique markets this weekend.
Tokyo Area Activities and Events: January 31 – February 2, 2015
#1.Hakuho Cup (国際親善交流少年相撲大会)- Ever wonder what sumo wrestlers look like as little guys? Attend the 5th annual Hakuho Cup this Sunday, February 1st and see for yourself. Close to 800 young sumo wresters ages 5 to junior high will gather for the annual Hakuho Cup. Wrestlers come not only from Japan but the US, South Korea, Bulgaria, Australia, China and Mongolia. This event is free to the public! I will definitely be taking some of my kids to this great event. Great way to experience sumo at the base.
Address: Ryogoku Kokugikan, 1-3-28 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Dates and Open hours: February 1st, 2015; 8am-8pm
Access: 5 min walk from Ryogoku station exits A3 and A4 on the Oedo line, or west exit on the Sobu line
#2. Annual 83rd Shimokita Tengu Festival (しもきた天狗まつり) – This festival is a great place to experience bean throwing and the tengu. The festival is held in honor of Tengu, the Japanese god of mischief. Tengu likes to play tricks on the arrogant and those who intentionally use knowledge or authority to gain fame or position. Bean thrown during festival are called “mamemaki”, and parade-goers jump around trying to catch the beans. Makes for great people watching. The beans are part of Japan’s Setsubun holiday on February 3. Although the Festival is three days, Saturday afternoon is the best time to attend to see the huge bright red tengu head being carried through the streets, and children parading around in goblin makes. The festivities and parade are held through the streets nearby Shimokitazawa Station’s north exit in Tokyo Here is a quick YouTube video of the event. While you are there check out the great shopping and coffee shops of Shimokitazawa.
Dates and Open hours: January 30th (20:00~), January 31st (14:00~), February 1st (11:00~)
Access: Shimokitazawa Station on the Odakyu and Keio Inokashira lines