Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2015

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When: 25/07/15: All Day

Where: Shinjuku Station East Exit, Shinjuku Station

This colorful festival has all kinds of flavors from Okinawa – with dancing, drumming, and of course, food. Eisa is a form of folk dance from the southern islands, and is usually performed by young men and women accompanied by singing, dancing and drumming, and even folk songs played on the sanshin. Eisa was traditionally performed around obon to honour ancestor’s spirits, but these days it’s just another excuse to celebrate.

The parade will feature dancers swaying across the Shinjuku roads wearing eye-catching, bright costumes, and playing portable taiko drums. The matsuri is expecting over 20 dance troupes from all over the country (Okinawa and Tohoku included) to take part in this noisy, intoxicating celebration. Thousands are people should be in attendance as it’s one of the summer’s most popular events, so get there early to snag a prime spot to view the procession (and crowd-watch, which is always interesting in Shinjuku), that will continue on well after sunset.

Shinjuku Eisa Festival 2015

More information: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com

How much: Free

Main image: danirubioperez on Flickr

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