Hachioji Ginkgo Festival(八王子いちょう祭り), Japan, Nov 17, 2013

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival(八王子いちょう祭り) was held alongside National Route 20
between Oiwake-cho(追分町) intersection and Nishi-Asakawa(西浅川) intersection,
where ginkgo/maidenhair tree are lined, in Tokyo on the 16-17th of November 2013.

This festival offers several events.

The first one is « Sekisho(関所) Orienteering ».
Sekisho was a security check point from Asuka period(飛鳥時代)(538 to 710A.C.) till Edo period(江戸時代)(1603-1867A.C.).
Kobotoke Sekisho(小仏関所) was one of significant Sekisho and one of venues in this festival.
Old Japan was divided into plenty of feudal domains, which was called Han(藩).
Some Han set up Sekisho for their security like an immigration gate what is now called.
Tsuko Tegata(通行手形) , like a passport, was necessary to pass through Sekisho.
This festival restage such an old custom.
You can get a lottery ticket, when you pass through more than 6 Sekisho.
You can win a perfect prize when you pass through all 12 Sekisho.

Tsuko Tegata(通行手形)

This girl gets a hot iron stamp on her Tsuko Tegata.

The second events are kids parade and classic cars parade.
More than 200 cars from 1930s to 1980s take part in this parade. Some are luxurious cars in the world, such as Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet Corvette and MG Midget. Some are small cars which soothe my heart, such as Fiat and Morris Mini Minor.
I shoot these videos at the entrance of street to ‘Tama-Goryo(多摩御陵)’.

Kids Parade

Classic Car Parade

By the way, after kids passed me by,
I heard crash sounds and cries behind me.
I looked back and found a car accident.
It was not serious and no one injured.
It was a pity for the perpetrator that dozens of people witnessed.

Another events are Japanese-style dances, such as Yosakoi(よさこい), Awa Odori(阿波踊り), Bon Odori(盆踊り) and Tokyo Sky Tree Ondo(東京スカイツリー音頭) alongside the street to ‘Tama-Goryo(多摩御陵)’.

Awa Odori



Tokyo Sky Tree Ondo(東京スカイツリー音頭)

Bon Odori(盆踊り)

A person swinging their teams’ flag is usually a support player, as for Yosakoi.
But, a man made his big scene in the bellow video.
Some spectators around me clapped their hands with joy.


More videos? Check out this site. « Eat up Japan!! Eat up Tokyo!! »


Festival Date&Time

The 2nd or 3rd Saturday and Sunday on every November.
9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Kids Parade & Classic Car Parade Time

The 2nd or 3rd Sunday on every November.
12:30PM – 1:30PM at the entrance of street to ‘Tama-Goryo(多摩御陵)’

Official Site(Japanese): http://www.ichou-festa.org/


2 réponses à “Hachioji Ginkgo Festival(八王子いちょう祭り), Japan, Nov 17, 2013

  1. Wow! Japanese really love festival events. So as you!!! Love the dances but you know I’m more inclined to the drumming of the kid’s parade. 😀 Good thing the crash didn’t happen where the crowds were.

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