[About this Meetup]

Let's try various kinds of Japanese cultural experience with this meetup group!
We usually organize cultural experience with the event hosts who are expert of any Japanese cultural experience.

* We need the co-organizers or supporters!
If you are interested to organize the events or help for anything about the event, please tell Satoshi Abe!

[About the organizer]

Japanize of Specified Nonprofit Corporation permitted by Tokyo Government

Promoting Japanese Culture through offline cultural exchanges & internet services.







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Enjoy the fragrant "Fuji-Matsuri" Wisteria festival at gorgeous Kameido Shrine!

Enjoy the beauty of Wisteria blooming at one of Tokyo's greatest shrines! The festive Kameido Tenjin "Fuji Matsuri" has been celebrated here continuously since the early 1600's! Walking through the festival along the sacred roads, we'll enjoy the bustling, festive atmosphere of historic Kameido where many vendors offer rare goods and delicious food and drinks for us to enjoy! http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/ https://matcha-jp.com/en/1789?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=JNTO Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zQZNlL6rbw Wisteria (Fuji) flowers begin blooming all at once in late April. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are comprised of several bunches, and are especially beautiful when dangled from wisteria trellises. There are also white and yellow wisteria, and they smell wonderful! Walking to Kameido Tenjin Shrine from Kameido Station, we'll enjoy soaking in the atmosphere of the shitamachi (old downtown area) which will be celebrating the upcoming "Children's Day" with a display of huge, brilliantly colored koi (carp) banners on some of the side streets! On our way, we'll also visit the elegant Katori Shrine In Kameido, home of the Giant Daikon, the Samurai Festival, and several Lucky Gods of Japan! @}:^) Tokyo’s Kameido Tenjin Shrine is famous for its arched red bridge and the purple, white and yellow wisteria hanging from trellises. Naturally, there are also hundreds of turtles, or "kame", and koi (carp) in the pond! Kameido Tenjin Shrine is known as the best place in Tokyo to view wisteria. Beneath the wisteria trellises is a quiet pond, creating the unique scenery of purple flowers reflected on the surface of the water. Records indicate that Tsunayoshi, the fifth Tokugawa shogun, and Yoshimune, the eighth shogun, visited this shrine to see beautiful wisteria flowers. The flowers were supposedly planted in the Edo period and the bridges were originally build in the mid-1600s, burned during WWII and rebuilt in the 1950's. The Kameido Shrine is dedicated to the 9th-century scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who is considered the "kami" or spiritual patron of all scholars and students! The Shrine has also been the subject of many famous artists, including Hiroshige who captured the shrine as #65 in his “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. After the Wisteria Festival, we may stroll along the riverside parks to explore Oshiage's old town, visit a few unique traditional crafts and sweet shops, an iconic local museum, ending up at Tokyo Sky Tree! PLEASE NOTE: There is a simple 500 Yen Meetup fee for our events. Coming late, being a "no-show" or changing your RSVP after the deadline affects your fellow members and organizers too, so please be considerate. This is a non-smoking meetup. If you must smoke, please do so away from the group, in designated smoking areas. Your comments and suggestions for future meetups are always welcome! Thanks! Your event organizer, Kerry D. @}:^)

FREE Kagurazaka O-Edo Music & Culture festival & Historical town walking tour!

JR Iidabashi Station, West Exit

Hello everyone! By request of Tokyo City, we're presenting a free meetup for the Japanese traditional cultural event, “Kagurazaka Street Stage O-edo Tour 2019” on May 12th! (Or: 神楽坂まち舞台大江戸めぐり!) This project & event aim to present a variety of traditional performing arts from Japan to people of all ages, in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand way. It also showcases the charms of Kagurazaka, a deeply traditional and cultural town with the unique charm and mixed atmosphere of old and modern Tokyo, plus a genuine flavor of sophisticated Paris! ---------------------- Event Overview ---------------------- Having the special “RAKUZA” stage at Bishamonten Temple at the center, many events will be held throughout Kagurazaka, including street performances, dances and a Stamp Rally where participants may enjoy walking while exploring this fascinating district. We will enjoy great Japanese traditional music during the event! Here, a great blog suggests what we may expect on May 12th: http://www.thechroniclesofmariane.com/2018/04/Kagurazaka-Oedo-Tokyo-Festival.html @}:^) Let's stroll together & enjoy the sense of Japanese culture in Kagurazaka, in harmony with tradition, creativity and humanity! ---------------------- Event Details ---------------------- 【Date & Time】May 12th (Sun) 1:00pm - about 4:00 pm. 【Rough schedule】1:00pm: Meeting the group members 1:00-2:00pm: Walking to the center of Kagurazaka (Bishamonten temple) & Akagi Shinto shrine to enjoy Japanese traditional music & dance performances. 2:00-4:00pm (and beyond) : Walking around Kagurazaka town and streets to enjoy the historical atmosphere & performances. There will be a grand finale performance at the Kaguraden Stage of Akagi Shrine from around 5:30-7:30 pm, and other performances going into the evening, so please check the schedule for exact performance times!* * Official event page with schedule: https://kaguramachi.jp/en/ Map of Kagurazaka with attractions of the event: https://kaguramachi.jp/pdf/2019timeschedule.pdf 【Event Fee】FREE! 【Meeting place & time】At 1:00pm near Iidabashi station => Exact meeting place on Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/nzR8eQA65HdkPzNC6 -------------------------------- Charms of Kagurazaka -------------------------------- In the 17th century, Kagurazaka developed as a residential district for “Samurai” soldiers, along the main street which crossed the outer moat and connected Edo castle with residences of the nobility. Since then it's also been a district of performing arts with traditional music instruments, where a number of culturati loved and lived. The Karyukai (*) was born here at the end of the Edo period, and flourished in the following decades. Especially in the early Showa period (1925 -mid 1930s), the district had some department stores lined up and was so called “Ginza of Yamanote,” a top hilside commercial district. *Karyukai: A society or physical district of Geisha Ladies – who have trained manners and skills of traditional music and dancing, and Ryotei - where Geisha Ladies present traditional performances during fine Japanese multi-course dinners. The district was completely destroyed by the air raids in the WW II, but rather quickly restored its prosperity by the 1960s. In recent years, the Karyukai has scaled down, yet we still find the district of Ryotei, where stone-paved alleys & black-board walls are laid out, the sounds of laughter, and shamisen, a traditional music instrument, flowing over. Kagurazaka also hosts many French residents and restaurants which creates an atmosphere somewhat like the back alleys in Paris, adding another charm. Such diversity, and harmony between the old and new, attracts many people! PLEASE NOTE: If you smoke, please do so only in designated smoking areas. Your comments and suggestions for future meetups are always welcome! Thanks! Your event organizers, Satoshi Abe & Kerry D. @}:^)

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