Tokyo district alight for Edo festival

lifestyle July 13, 2018 01:00


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Visitors to Eco Edo Nihonbashi being held in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district until September can get a sense of what it was like living in the Edo period (1603-1868) by donning the traditional casual wear known as a yukata and watching a hanabi fireworks display.

The annual summer event also celebrates the beloved goldfish, with more than 100 food outlets serving photogenic dishes bearings its likeness.


The district boasts 170 stores offering discounts on purchases to anyone wearing the yukata. Then it’s off to see the digital fireworks illuminating the buildings along festive street Nakadori and covering the pavement in shimmering blue virtual water.

Nakadori is lined with giant chochin – paper lanterns – bearing goldfish motifs. The sounds of bubbling streams and fireworks are designed to evoke a cool riverbank as revellers admire the real fireworks in the sky.


The Art Aquarium is meanwhile hosting another of its terrific exhibitions of aquatic art, this time by Hidetomo Kimura.

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