描述來自台灣的女星姚愛寗小姐利用短暫假期到日本來度假。由日本友人關口阿那畝(Anan Sekiguchi)先生陪同,首次來到高円寺參觀旅遊。除了觀賞商店街的舊衣店和不可思議的珈琲館外,也到附近神社或寺廟參拜與拍照,留下許多美好的回 憶。同時,關口阿那畝(Anan Sekiguchi)先生也因此結識了不少高円寺的民衆。使原本對高円寺陌生的關口阿那畝先生深深體味到「鄰鎮•高円寺」的感覺。
Awa-Odori, Vintage Clothing, and Underground Music
Koenji may be best known for the Awa-Odori traditional dance festival in summer, but it also has a street performance (Koenji Bikkuri Daidougei) in spring, Koenji Fest in fall, and a traditional comedic storytelling festival (Engei Matsuri) in winter. Aside from these seasonal festivals, Koenji has made a name for itself through vintage clothing and music, as used clothing shops and music venues dot the area. In terms of music, for many Koenji is known as a “birthplace of Japanese punk rock” and for its underground and experimental sounds. Koenji also has many bars and restaurants, now more than 200 places with English menus– attracting people from all over. The modern youth culture here is thus quite substantial, yet on the other hand Koenji is known for its many temples and shrines. Surely Koenji has something for everyone.
Links to Koenji Events:
Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori:
Traditional dance festival that takes place during the last weekend of August, it is the most popular event in Suginami and one of the biggest in Tokyo, attracting 1,000,000 visitors per year.
A pop culture event taking place on the last weekend of October which features live music, wrestling, vintage fashion shows, and more.
Koenji Engei Festival:
Traditional Rakugo comedic storytelling event for 10 days in early-mid February, featuring a few English subtitled shows by the organization Rakugo Without Borders.
Koenji Bikkuri Street Performance:
Japanese and foreign street performers gather for a show on a weekend during Japan’s Golden Week Holidays (end of April, beginning of May)
[updated March 2018]