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Shirasagi no Mai: Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on April 14, 2024

  • 2024.04.14

Many thanks for joining our tours at Asakusa and Ueno Park on April 14, 2024. We welcomed 24 guests from Canada, Germany, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, India, Spain, and Switzerland. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. <Asakusa> We encountered Shirasagi no Mai (White Heron Dance) during our tour of Asakusa. This ceremony can be seen on the second Sunday of April and the 3rd of November (Culture Day). Originating from the Gion Festival at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, it has been dedicated for more than 1,000 years to ward off evil spirits. The dance was revived in 1652 by the Asakusa Tourism Federation as a commemorative event for Tokyo’s 100 anniversary in 1968. <Ueno Park> Although most of the cherry blossoms have fallen due to rain and wind, many people were enjoying parties under the trees. The festival of the peony garden, held until the beginning of May at the Ueno Toshogu, is worth visiting. The admission fee is 1,000 Yen. As you may know, the beginning […]

The city of firsts and retro spots, the Asakusa tour on April 9

  • 2024.04.09

Thank you so much for joining our tour in Asakusa on April 9 . The tour was held in such bad weather, nevertheless two guests kindly joined our tour from America. We hope you enjoyed walking with us and viewing cherry blossoms in spite of the poor weather. Although the cherry blossoms have just started to fall at Sensoji Temple grounds, they are still beautiful. The photos which we took during the tour are posted. Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temple and has a 1,400-year history. Asakusa was the liveliest town in Edo currently Tokyo from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). There are many firsts in Asakusa. As you walked through toward the temple’s Main Hall, there is the Nakamise Shopping Street which sells a variety of traditional souvenirs and snacks. The street was built about 300 years ago as one of the first shopping streets in Japan. Local people were allowed to open their shops along the street in exchange for cleaning the temple grounds. Hanayashiki behind the Main Hall is Japan’s first amusement park. It was established as old as about 170 years ago. There are many vintage looking attractions in operation for a […]

Tour Report of Asakusa & Ueno Park on March 31, 2024

  • 2024.04.04

Thank you so much for joining us on our tours at Asakusa and Ueno Park on March, 2024. We welcomed 62 guests from the US, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, India, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Romania and Argentina. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and to share interesting conversations. Also, it was really nice seeing some of you in both tours. As we have announced, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. [ASAKUSA] Today we hold the morning tour and the afternoon tour at Asakusa. All of the guides felt so happy having many guests not only already booked ones but also dropped in at that time. [UENO] Perhaps because the first half of March this year was very cold like back to winter compared to last year, the blooming of cherry blossoms was very late rather than last year. And now, finally, the long-awaited our spring with full-blooming cherry blossom has come! Thank you for your waiting!! Today, the pretty good weather weekend, there were so many people enjoyed having picnic under the tree even though it was just started to bloom […]

The origin of Sensoji Temple, Asakusa tour on March 27

  • 2024.03.27

Thank you so much for joining our tour in Asakusa on March 27. We welcomed as many as 26 people from Canada, America, Argentina, Germany, Israel and Australia. It was a nice spring weather. Anticipated Cherry blossoms haven’t started to flower yet at the Sensoji Temple grounds. Perhaps, the unusual weather conditions may have delayed cherry blossoms. Temperatures are expected to rise for the next days and cherry blossoms will bloom very soon. The Nakamise Shopping Street was very crowded with people. The photos which we took during the tour were posted. Happy 90th birthday to Elizabeth! Turning 90 is incredible milestone. We hope you have a lovely time and enjoy cherry blossoms in Japan. Komagatado Hall is the birthplace of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. It’s a small vermillion temple located four minute-walk straight to the south of Kaminarimon gate (opposite direction of the Main Hall) beside the Sumida River. Sometimes, you may skip small temples or shrines and regret later,’ I should have visited the place’. It isn’t famous and crowded like the Nakamise or the Main Hall as everyone wants to visit, but this is exactly the place to visit. The principal image(Goddess of Mercy) of Sensoji Temple […]

Sakura season: Asakusa and Ueno Park Tour on March 24, 2024

  • 2024.03.24

Many thanks for joining our tours at Asakusa and Ueno Park on March 24, 2024. We welcomed 52 guests from the US, Canada, Italy, Australia, Spain, India, Turkey, UK, France, Ireland, Argentina, and, Germany. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful guests from many countries and share interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun times we had during the tour. <Asakusa> Cherry blossom season is coming, and many tourists are visiting Asakusa. We divided our guests into several small groups. This is because Nakamise Street, which leads to Sensoji Temple, is very crowded and it is difficult to guide a large number of guests. TFWT’s biggest feature is that we tour in small groups like this, and our top priority is to ensure that our guests have fun. <Ueno Park> Ueno Park has over 50 varieties of cherry trees. 80% of them are Somei Yoshino trees. Cherry blossoms often fall about a week after full bloom. Traditionally, the best time in Ueno Park was from late March to early April, but recently it is getting earlier each year due to climate change. During the Edo period, Ueno […]

Coming soon! Golden Dragon Dance at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa! Tour Report of Asakusa and Ueno Park on March 10,2024

  • 2024.03.11

Thank you for choosing our tour at Asakusa and Ueno Park on March 10. We welcomed 34 people from USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Netherland, Israel, UK, Germany, South Korea and Russia. I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.      We would like to let you know about one of the annual events of Sensoji Temple. The Golden dragon dance will be performed in the precinct of Sensoji Temple on March 18. The Golden dragon dance is performed three times at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Kannon Bodhisattva, the principal image of Sensoji Temple, appeared on March 18 in the year of 628. It is said that golden dragon descended from the sky to the earth on that day. “Ennichi” is held on the 18th of each month. “Ennichi” is important day for Sensoji Temple. The Golden dragon used for the dance is 18 meters long and 88 kilograms weight and is manipulated as if it can move by 8 people. These 8 numbers come from the 18th day. The main hall of Sensoji […]

Enjoy kinomo experience tour in Asakusa on February 28th

  • 2024.03.01

Thank you so much for joining our tours at Asakusa in the morning on Feb 28th. We welcomed 16 guests in total from America, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Ireland, Holland and Canada. We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. In recent days we often see many foreign women wearing Japanese kimono and enjoy taking a photo in front of Sensoji temple or Asakusa shrine. In former days we saw some foreign women wearing Japanese kimono, but not so many. The increase of experience tour seems to be one of reasons. And also the increace of rental shop is one of reasons, too. Today those rental shops prepare various kinds of kimonos, accessaries (bags, hair ornaments ,etc.), zori sandals and they have staff for hair set, dressing. And visitors can experience kinomo with affordable price. Since former days foreigners have been interesting in a Japanese traditional kinomo. There were many foreigners who wanted to feel Japanese people’s delicacy . But in those days foreign visitors couldn’t easily experience kimono, because in those days in Japan renatal kimono service didn’t […]

Perfect weather for walking tour in National Foundation Day: Tour report of Asakusa and Ueno Park on Feb. 11th

Thank you so much for joining our tours at Asakusa in the morning and Ueno Park in the afternoon on Feb 11h. We welcomed 15 guests in total from Australia, China, USA, Korea, Canada and UK. We hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had. (Asaksa AM) (Ueno Park) (Asakusa PM) It was a perfect day for a tour where we could feel a little bit of spring sunshine. There seemed to be more Chinese tourists than usual in the precincts of Sensoji Temple, probably because of the Lunar New Year holidays.Japan switched from a solar-lunar calendar to a solar calendar in 1872, and now there are almost no customs of celebrating the Lunar New Year.This day, February 11th, was National Foundation Day. The national flags were also hoisted at Nakamise-Shopping Street. According to legend, this is the day when the first emperor ascended the throne in 660 BC. This day falls on January 1st of the solar-lunar calendar and February 11th of the new calendar, so this day is considered the National Foundation Day. I think it can […]

Explore the origin of an offertory box. The tour report of January 31st.

  • 2024.01.31

Thank you for joining our tour in Asakusa on January 31st. We welcomed 7 people from America, Australia and Philippines. It was sunny and unusually warm as if it’s April. There was a plum tree blossoming beside Hozomon Gate which has the delicate flavor of the plum. Plum blossoms tell us the arrival of spring. Cold season will continue awhile but we feel that spring is just around the corner. As reported in our last blog, preparation to build a stage for bean throwing ritual in the Setsubun Festival on February 3rd is underway. Various photos are posted.   There are certain differences between Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, but they always have something in common. Do you know what they are? One of them is an offertory box. You might have made a donation. This box is to receive money while people pray to make a wish or give thanks for the wish which has come true. Shinto originally had a ritual called ‘Sanmai散米’ meaning scattering rice and precious rice wrapped in paper was offered by visitors to the Shinto gods.  About 800 years ago during the Kamakura period(1185-1333) when money was put into circulation, money was offered to […]

Enjoy Annual Setsubun event at Sensoji Temple on February 3rd.(The tour report on January 28th)

  • 2024.01.29

Thank you very much for your participation in our tour at Asakusa and Ueno Park on January 28th. We welcomed 9 people from Austria, Taiwan, China and Philippines. The weather was cloudy and a little cold, but made us feel that spring would not be far away. As mentioned, various photos are posted. February 3rd is the annual event called a Setsubun festival throughout the country. Setsubun literally translates to the seasonal division and is the day before the start of new spring, just like New Year’s Eve in the traditional calendar. On the Setsubun day, the most commonly performed ritual is the throwing of beans. At home, families scatter beans with shouting ‘Demons out! Happiness in!’ By throwing beans, people ward off demons and draw in good fortune. After throwing beans, we eat the same number of beans as our age praying for good luck for the year. Also, people eat an entire  long sushi roll called ehomaki in silence while facing the year’s lucky direction (east-northeast in 2024) to bring good fortune. A convenience store offers a delicious ehomaki. On that day, temples and shrines hold Setsubun festivals. Among them, the Sensoji’s event is historic and popular. It’s […]

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