Tsukiji Lion Festival


When: 10/06/15 - 14/06/15: All Day

Where: Namiyoke Inari Shrine, 6-20-37 Tsukiji

The fate of the fish markets at Tsukiji have been up in the air for a few years now, with relocation plans being brought up and then put on the back burner. But 2016 looks like it will be the year, and though the new facilities in Toyosu may be fancier, they are certainly not going to have the same mystique. One of the traditions that may change drastically along with the move is the Tsukiji Jishi (or Tsukiji Lion) Matsuri. Held over a five-day span, the festival is a raucous affair that ends up with the procession of mikoshi—portable shrines—giant statues of the heads of a male and a female lion (hence the name) carried mostly by locals, and plenty of festival fare. The matsuri starts getting warmed up on Wednesday, and is one not to be missed.

Tsukiji Lion Festival

How much: Free entry

More info: www.namiyoke.or.jp/shishimaturitokusetsu.html

Image: Flickr user Michael Stout, used under CC

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