A Magical Obon Festival In Tokyo

In all honesty, it’s taken me a while to learn how to have fun in Tokyo. The city is too crowded. I always find myself swimming through a sea of people, only to finally arrive and find the “fun” place with a huge line.

Going to Tokyo leaves me more exhausted than energized.

Although I enjoy Obon Summer Festivals, it’s more for the experience. Or so I thought…

My friend, S, invited me to spend the day with her and her friend, P, for what would be a truly magical day in Tokyo.

(I wish I’d brought my camera, I had to make due with P’s phone camera and she was kind enough to send the photos).


I love the view along the Sumida River — it gives Tokyo an expansive feel.

The first part of the day was spent at Obon practice learning several of the dances.

After that, we walked along the Sumida River and it quickly became one of my favorite places..  Then S introduced us to a yummy Chinese restaurant in Ningencho before taking us to the best Obon Festival that I have ever experienced.

The stage was incredible and so was the atmosphere.  No one looked tired or worn down. The kids were having a blast and so were the adults.

Matsuri 2

It had the same feel as the first time I arrived to Japan. Back then it felt like a magical place full of wonder — cliche, I know.

The magic diminished over the years, but for the first time I felt that spark again.  This was everything an Obon Festival should be.


Back then it was an exotic land full of magic.  Over the years it just became a home.  I still enjoy it, but the magic diminished.  For the first time, I felt it again that spark.

My only regret is not having my camera.

4 thoughts on “A Magical Obon Festival In Tokyo

  1. I caught a couple of very small local festivals a couple of weeks ago. One at Shimo-Kitagawa in Tokyo, as well as at Kuroishi in Aomori. Really enjoyable. (Will eventually write up posts on them!)

    Your last comment, about not taking a camera. Someone said to me, on atleast one day of travel, don’t take a camera. And it is amazing how much more goes into your brain once the viewfinder is removed.

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