This Weekend – Ikegami Oeshiki Ceremony

For writingbolt who’s interested in Asian festivals

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If you’re in Tokyo for the three day weekend you can do much worse than visiting one of the coolest festivals in town – the Oeshiki ceremony at Ikegami’s Honmonji temple. It is chock full of market stalls, buddhist ceremonies, matoi dancers (as you can see in my photos) and chanting, drumming, fluting and everything else that is great about Japan’s (rare) buddhist festivals. It’s is in Tokyo’s southern Ota ward and it’s easy to get there on the Tokyu Ikegami Line, to Ikegami station from Gotanda station on the JR Yamanote line. The processions take place all over town and culminates right in front of the station, but you can get a good look at it basically anywhere along the routes as it can get very crowded up at the temple. Some people aren’t too fond of the stairs leading up to it either. Enjoy!











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About cho wan yau

Teacher by day poet/writer by night. Words have been my first love and will be my last. As a child I locked myself into the toilet devouring books which transported me to distant lands. Poetry shared penned from 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to stay sane at Heartbreak Hotel. Please check it out on Any comments or feedback welcome. Why not share your story with me, because we all have one, don't we?

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