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Asakusa events this weekend April 13 & 14, 2019


2019.04.11 (Thu)

April 13, 2019 - Asakusa Kannon-ura Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri

The highlight of this local festival is the Edo Yoshiwara Oiran-dochu procession of oiran geisha in elaborate traditional outfits. Other participants in the parade wear colorful outfits that make them look like they are figures who stepped out of old Japanese ukiyo-e prints. The parade takes place at 13:00 and 14:45. At 15:20 you can see a Wadaiko performance of Japanese drums.

To find the venue, walk from Asakusa Station through Senso-ji Temple and past the Hanayashiki Amusement Park. Then turn right and go through the Hisagi-dori Shotengai arcade and cross Kototoi-dori. Then continue up Senzoku-dori street for a flew blocks. The street where the parade takes place is lined with a late-blooming type of cherry tree with big beautiful blossoms. The parade is quite popular, so you should notice the crowds waiting here.

April 14, 2019 - The Regatta Waseda vs Keio

This is an annual rowing competition on Sumida River between two of the most famous universities from Tokyo, Waseda University and Keio University. The rowing regatta was first held in 1905. Races begin at 9:00. The eights will race at 11:00, 12:00, and 14:35. Event page in Japanese

Access: Walk from Asakusa Station to Azuma-bashi Bridge. Turn left before the bridge and walk upstream through Sumida Park past Kototoi-bashi Bridge. The next bridge that you will reach is Sakura-bashi Bridge, a pedestrian bridge across Sumida River. This is the goal for all races.

April 14, 2019 - Shirasagi-no-mai / White Heron Dance at Senso-ji Temple

This dance is a ceremonial parade. The dancers are dressed in traditional costumes, looking like they stepped out of a historic picture scroll - warriors, parasol carriers, musicians, guardian children and dancers representing white herons. Like a graceful group of birds they spread their wings during their dance on the Senso-ji Temple grounds.

Starting at Denpoin at 11:00, going through Nakamise Street to the Senso-ji Temple Main Hall (11:30).

And starting at Denpoin at 14:00, going through Orange Street and Kaminarimon Gate, then through Nakamise Street to the Senso-ji Temple Main Hall (14:40).

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