Feel Festive in Tokyo!
Jul 21 2015
Many Japanese would name Ennichi, a Japanese street fair, as one of the most typical sights on a hot summer day. Here in Tokyo, you can enjoy Ennichi all year round. If you wish to avoid crowds, skip major summer festivals but visit temples and shrines where Ennichi is held every month.
Another tip to enjoy Ennichi at your own pace is "to be the early bird." Temples/ shrines are relatively less crowded in the morning, however, vendors of food stands may be busy preparing for their specialties. If that is the case, let's first enjoy the games!
The most common are "kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping)" and yo-yo fishing... Don't be nervous. The stallkeeper will give you at least one (irrespective of your skill level!)
Savory aroma tempt your taste buds... after the games, let's have the much-awaited festival food! Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), Yakisoba (fried noodles), Takoyaki (octopus dumplings)... it's hard to choose one! If you dare to try something out of the ordinary, grab the grilled ayu fish on a skewer seasoned with salt.
If you wish to go vegetarian, grilled corn brushed with soy sauce is a great choice.
How about "choco-banana" for dessert? The plain chocolate-covered bananas have been loved by men and women of all ages at Ennichi. Let's see which one looks the most delicious...
If you happen to be in Tokyo on the following dates of the month, do visit the temple/ shrine to enjoy the atmosphere of Ennichi.
Fukagawa Fudoson Temple: every month on the 1st, 15th and 28th
Nishi-Arai Daishi: every month on the 1st, 21st and 28th
Tomioka Hachiman Shrine: every month on the 1st, 15th and 28th
Meguro Fudoson (Ryusenji Temple): every month on the 8th
Sugamo Koganji Temple (Togenuki Jizo): every month on the 4th, 14th and 24th