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The Sanja Matsuri (Festival) has a very long history in the city and it has become one of the biggest and most important cultural events in the city of Tokyo.  With approximately 3 million people visiting it over the three days it is truly huge.

There is music, noise, lots of people and lots of people with everyone having a great time.  To see the shrines being paraded around the streets of Sensoji, is a real sight to behold.

If you are a festival lover, the Sanja Matsuri is a must see event!

The Koenji Awa-Odori returns for another year in August.  There will be dancers coming from many parts of Japan for this incredible event.  The streets around Koenji will be absolutely packed and you can be sure it will entertain Tokyo and YOU for two full days!

It is a tremendously fun event and you need to experience it at least once in your life.  There will about 10,000 performers (dancers and musicians) along with plenty of stalls providing food and drink.

See you there!

Hi, everyone!  I’d like to tell you about something new on the site, “Tokyo Top 10”.  What is it?  It is your chance to show Tokyo here on Around Tokyo through your eyes.  On the first of every month (or thereabouts), after judging the photos we’ve received during the previous month, we’ll publish our favourite ten (10) photos.  If you have a camera, I’d love it if you could take part.  Anything about Tokyo (or one of the surrounding prefectures as we do cover everything “around” Tokyo) is eligible.  Landscapes, festivals, people, activities, portraits – you name it, are all welcome (Around Tokyo is a family site, so please keep that in mind).

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