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Kimono rainbow seen from a bridge crossing the Miyosoji River

Yuzen Nagashi Festival

Colorful kimono silks hanging above the water

By Allan Murphy    - 1 min read
Venue: Myoshoji River When: Feb 21 - Feb 23rd 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Just around the corner of Takadanobaba and Ikebukuro, the neighborhood around Nakai station is a rather "ordinary" place for 362 days of the year. Around the end of February however, it becomes very special. The area is known as a traditional kimono silk dying area and it therefore holds a very colorful festival every year. Kimono materials are draped above the Miyosoji River, so you can see around 100 meters of kimono cloth hanging above the water—it looks wonderful. You can read more about the so-called "River Gallery" here.

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Allan Murphy

Allan Murphy @allan.murphy

Although I consider Vancouver to be my home, I'm an army brat and grew up in London, Ont., Birkenhead, UK; Soest, West Germany (then); and Petawawa, Ont. As a result, I became a rolling stone: lived in China (Chengdu), Western Auatralia  and about 30 years in Japan. It ain't over yet.

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Sherilyn Siy 3 weeks ago
These must be beautiful in the wind.
Elena Lisina 4 weeks ago
Kim B a year ago
I just love those pops of color!
Allan Murphy Author 4 years ago
Hi Mandy. It is a great festival. The vicinity has many traditional shops year round.
Mandy Bartok 4 years ago
Thanks, Allan! I appreciate the response. This neighborhood is definitely going on my list for future exploration.
Mandy Bartok 4 years ago
Wow, what a fascinating event! Are the shops in the neighborhood worth stopping into at other times of year?