Friday, 4 May 2012

T.G.I.F.: Tokyo Hotaru Festival

I'm going to let this picture speak 1,000 words to you...

As a part of the Golden Week celebrations, this event is designed to encourage people to think about the relationship between modern Tokyo's urban culture and the Sumida River, once a central hub of trade and commerce in old Tokyo. Throughout the day on May 5th and 6th, marketplaces and workshops will be available in the area around the Sumida River and Sky Tree [Map] (take the Ginza Line to Asakusa Station). The pièce de résistance comes on Sunday night at 6.30pm when a symposium on integrating the river into city living will be held and artificial “hotaru” (fireflies)--really just an array of LED lights--are floated across the Sumida River. Some events require tickets, with the symposium on Sunday evening costing 1000yen for adults. More information can be found here (Japanese only).

What are you doing this Golden Week?


  1. All the lights... It's so beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person! :)

    1. It certainly was stunning! Do you plan on going next year?


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