It’s August, the hottest and most humid month in Japan, but that doesn’t stop people from throwing the best traditional festivals of the year. Here in Suginami we have the Asagaya Tanabata Festival August 3-7, with the Bata Art Exhibition in conjunction with it August 3-11, and one of the most famous summer festivals in all of Tokyo, the Koenji Awa-Odori Festival August 24 & 25.
We added a new page for Emergency & Useful Information. You can find it under the Info tab in “Plan”, or click here. This page includes helpful links, apps, and more for foreign tourists and residents of Japan such as emergency information, weather and earthquake information, legal and consultation services, etc. Available for Suginami area and Tokyo in general.
We have expanded our “Anime” page into a broader section called attractions, which features unique information about theaters and sento (public bath) selections in Suginami, Tokyo! Check the Museums & Theaters and Cultural Experiences pages, respectively. The anime destinations remain in the Anime Destinations category, all under the Attractions section (under “See & Do”).
The cherry blossoms are expected to open a bit earlier than usual this year, around March 22 with full bloom around the last weekend of March. Typically the most beautiful part of the season is the week or so before and after full bloom. For good viewing spots away from the crowds where you can relax and enjoy the more peaceful scenery, check our parks page. Bring your own snacks and drinks and blend in with the locals! (Just be wary of trash rules)