After cancellation upon cancellation resulting from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, finally events have returned this October, 2020. Of course, all events will vary in order to keep attendees safe, with measures and precautions taken, but the good news is it is now possible to go out and enjoy some events again. Please note that attendees should be on the side of caution, wearing masks and keeping social distance when possible. The October events are Asagaya Jazz Streets on the 23rd & 24th, and Koenji Fest on the 24th & 25th. Nishi-Ogikubo Chasampo, usually held in the summer, will be held on October 31st and November 1st. November events are Trolls in the Park from the 3rd – 23rd, and Suginami Festa and Ogikubo Music Festival on November 7th & 8th. All events are mostly outdoors besides the classical music festival which will have options to view performances online. Please check the respective links and websites for details.
We have made some changes to the website that will hopefully allow you to find what you are looking for more easily. The menu now includes a separate button for “Shop”, as well as “Learn” and “Plan”. Due to the need to find emergency information immediately, we added a button to the top of the screen. This way if there is a natural disaster or you simply want to find out the current situation on the Coronavirus pandemic in Japan, the links will be right at your fingertips. We have also discontinued the use of automatic translation, but we added our Instagram account to the site. We hope Experience Suginami Tokyo continues to be useful for you to find information about local Tokyo, and we look forward to the time when you can finally come and visit again!
As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 continues to spread, a nationwide State of Emergency has been declared in Japan, following the State of Emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and 5 other prefectures made less than 2 weeks ago. As the Golden Week holidays approach the end of April, it is important that people continue to stay home and keep the virus from spreading. We at Experience Suginami Tokyo want to continue to give you information about visiting our unique local area of Tokyo, but at this time we ask you to hold off on making trips and stay home until the pandemic subsides. In the meantime we hope to provide you with articles to read from home to consider planning your visit in the future. Please stay safe and sit tight for the time being.
The cherry blossoms have started to open in Tokyo, so we can expect full bloom in around 2 weeks, though many predictions for full bloom are March 23. To reduce the spreading of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is urged that those who want to enjoy the cherry blossoms this year please enjoy a stroll through the areas rather than typical “hanami” picnics with eating and drinking in groups. Also please respect cough etiquette and do your part to prevent the spread of the virus. Along the Zenpukuji River at Zenpukuji-Gawa Green Park is one great place for your sakura stroll.