Tokasan is this weekend

Good morning everyone,

Today, tomorrow and all through the weekend should remain mostly fine with daytime highs in the high 20s. They are calling for a chance rain next Wednesday, but it's a bit too soon to say for sure, don't you think?

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan – a festival that really does feel “festive”. Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks.

As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages dotted around the center of town. See below for the schedule of main events. Our favorite place is Yukata de Bon Dance in Shintenchi Park where people of all ages dance to classic Japanese songs crackling out of the PA on the central tower and street stalls sell festival treats at fantastic prices.

Chuo-dori is closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday 19:00-22:00.

2017 Yukata de Kinsai events around the city center

Hondori Shopping Arcade

  • Yukata Parade featuring a giant bulbous lantern Friday 18:00-19:00

Chuo-dori

  • Closed to traffic 19:00-22:00 Friday & Saturday
  • The main street is split into 4 areas devoted to (or blocked by) dance and taiko drum performances
  • Yukata fashion shows Friday & Saturday
  • Yukata and pets fashion show Friday
  • Mihara Yassa Dance performance Saturday

Shintenchi Park (every night of the festival)

The highlight of Tōkasan as far as we are concerned. Old school vibe, cheap snacks and drinks and bon dancing at 19:00 and 21:00 which everyone is very welcome to join in with. Annual appearances by local singer Minami Issei singing classics such as Hiroshima Tengoku and the Carp song.

Fukuromachi Park

Suntory Highball Garden

  • Friday 16:00-21:00
  • Saturday 11:00-21:00
  • Sunday 11:00-17:00

Get your yukata and obi sorted out for ¥500

  • Friday & Saturday 13:00-20:00

Motomachi Cred Plaza (in front of Pacela)

  • Opening ceremony, Friday 17:00-17:30
  • Aki Hiroshima Samurai Performance, Friday

Shareo Central Plaza (Friday and Saturday)

  • Pets in yukata photo display 13:00-20:00
  • Yukata Market 13:00-20:00
  • Get your yukata and obi sorted out for ¥500
  • Buy one at the yukata market and they will fit it for you.
  • Yukata photo studio Friday, June 5 and Saturday June 6 13:00-20:00 ¥500
  • Everyone welcome tea ceremony (¥400) and free chance to whip up your own maccha tea Saturday June 6 15:00-19:00

Do any of you plan on going to any of these events? Every year I say I'll go and then when the festival actually rolls around, I just head as far away as possible from it...ha ha!

Have a great day!


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