浅草 (Asakusa) is one of the many parts of Tokyo that I like alot.
It’s a 下町 (traditional downtown area). Famous for the 雷門 (Lightning Gate), 浅草寺 (Sensouji Temple), and the numerous excellent 祭 (festivals) that are held there.
(Click here to read a post I wrote about 浅草 (Asakusa)).
Starting today, for the next few weeks, there will alot going on in 浅草 (Asakusa).
- Today (March 18): 金竜の舞い (Golden Dragon Festival).
This is held every year on March 18. I have been to this festival a few times when the date fell on a weekend. I have to work today, so I can’t go this year…but, if you can make it—I recommend it.
Click here to read about it on my Festivals In Tokyo page.
- Sunday, March 22, 2009: Tokyo Marathon.
An annual international marathon with runners from all over the world racing through the streets of Tokyo.
The course brings them past the 雷門 (Lightning Gate) in 浅草 (Asakusa).
- Late March – Early April: 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing).
This traditional event is done all over Japan. One popular location is near the 隅田川 (Sumida River) in 浅草 (Asakusa).
(Last year, I wrote a few posts about 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing). Click here to read one.)
- Sunday, April 12, 2009: 白鷺の舞い (White Heron Dance).
A famous 浅草 (Asakusa) festival.
- Saturday, April 18, 2009: 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery).
An exciting ancient Japanese archery display that involves the archers shooting arrows at targets while riding a galloping horse.
(I have seen 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery) a number of times. Last year, I wrote a post about the 流鏑馬 (Horseback Archery) at 浅草 (Asakusa). Click here to read it.)
There are plenty of other great festivals in 浅草 (Asakusa) throughout the year. But these are the ones that are coming up.
Have you ever been to any of these festivals in 浅草 (Asakusa) before? Will you attend this year? Did you already know about these events?