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Tokyo: Tomioka Hachimangu Reitaisai (Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri / Mizukake Matsuri)

Annual Festival of the shrine, which is one of the Tokyo's Three Greatest Summer Festivals and called Mizukake Matsuri, literally meaning a festival in which local people scatter water drops over mikoshi carriers. Various events are scheduled in the precincts during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● Aug. 11 from 9 a.m.: Procession of mikoshi by children
      from 11 a.m.: Koto (Japanese harp) and Shamisen (banjo-like
instrument) performance
from 12:30 p.m.: Japanese traditional dance
from 3 p.m.: Karate (Japanese martial arts) demonstration
from 4:30 p.m.: Shorinji-Kenpo (Japanese martial arts) demonstration
from 7:30 p.m.: Taiko and Japanese dance performance
● Aug. 12 from 3 p.m.: Taiko performance
● Aug. 13 from 3:30 p.m.: Taisho-koto performance
from 5 p.m.: Taiko performance
● Aug. 14 from 5 p.m.: Noh (traditional masked drama) performance
from 7 p.m.: Japanese folk dance
● Aug. 15 from 2:30 p.m.: Bugaku (Ancient court dance with music)
from 5:30 p.m.: Koto performance
from 6 p.m.: Tea ceremony

Location: Tomioka Hachiman-gu Shrine and others, Koto-ku, Tokyo

(1) Tokyo Metro Tozai Line to Monzen-Nakacho Sta. (T12), and then walk 3 min. (2) Toei Oedo Subway Line to Monzen-Nakacho Sta. (E15), and then walk 6 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.