What is Suginami? Where is Suginami? What is the history of Suginami? You may have wondered what the answers to these questions are, and this year are are working on a series of informational articles about Suginami, Tokyo, so be sure to check back often to find out the answers on our Learn About Suginami page.
While the situation still doesn’t allow for visits to Suginami Ward in Tokyo or Japan in general for that matter, we have recently added a wealth of great info in video format that gives you a chance to learn more about the culture and history of this area. Suginami has the highest concentration of animation production studios in all of Japan, and we talked some key members of MAPPA and Contrail Studios in Asagaya. If you are interested in animation, especially in the idea of it as a career, please check out Part 1 and Part 2 of that talk. Additionally, Koenji in Suginami has a rich music history and culture, particularly that of punk rock, so if you are interested in music in Japan please check out Part 1 of that short documentary here.
Today marks 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster that shook the entire country on March 11, 2011. Only less than a month ago we felt an enormous aftershock, as if to remind us that this could happen again at any time. Now 10 years after that disaster the world suffers from COVID-19 pandemic, but like 3.11, we will overcome this crisis. When it is safe to travel again, be sure to keep an eye on our Emergency Info page for not only COVID-19 updates but also earthquake and tsunami information.
We have had quite a few unseasonably warm days this winter, so it is predicted we will get cherry blossoms opening quite a bit earlier than usual this year. Blossoms are expected to open in Tokyo around March 15-18, meaning full bloom can probably be expected around March 25th-28th.
Although there won’t be any international tourists this year, if you happen to be in the area or are planning future visit when it is safe again, be sure to check out Zenpukuji-gawa Green Park and Wadabori Park along the Zenpukuji River for less-crowded sakura viewing locations in Tokyo.