Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri

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Shinagawa Shukuba Matsuri

Back before it became the first stop on the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station (and, for many of the capital's foreign residents, a key juncture on the dreaded schlep to the immigration office), Shinagawa was known as the first rest stop along the Tokaido Highway from Edo to Kyoto. Started in 1990, this annual festival tries to educate young 'uns in the area's history, and features taiko drumming and parades of people in traditional costumes alongside the less era-specific flea markets and marching bands, plus a fire-walking rite by monks at Honsenji Temple. While the oiran dochu (courtesan procession) takes place on Saturday (1pm-9pm), most of the action is centred on Sunday.

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