Things to do / Traditional festivals

Tokyo: Usokae-Shinji Hatsu Tenjin-sai

Bullfinch exchange ritual. Bullfinches, which are called "uso" in Japanese, are regarded as symbols of good luck. People exchange old carved wooden bullfinches for new ones. Hatsu Tenjin-sai, New Year's festival to celebrate Tenjin (the diety of the shrine), is also held on Jan. 25. Kasai-bayashi (Japanese festival music) and Sato-Kagura (Shinto dance with music) will be performed several times a day between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Kagura-den Hall.

Schedule & key events:
● Jan. 25 Kasai-Bayashi & Sato-Kagura

Location: Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Koto-ku, Tokyo

JR Sobu Line to Kameido Sta. (North Exit), and then walk 15 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.