Friday, November 14, 2008

one of the spots for Kouyou (leaves changing thier color)

Momiji Matsuri (Festival) at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Date/Time : Nov. 23 (Fri./public holiday) - Dec. 2 (Sun.) *2007
Location: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens Koraku 1-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Koishikawa Korakuen is known as one of the best spots in Tokyo to enjoy colorful fall leaves, whose beauty is also reflected on the surface of the large central pond and many streams throughout the park. The park was given its name by Mito Mitsukuni, a daimyo (feudal lord) in the early Edo period, who is also known as a popular figure from the samurai drama on TV called Mito Komon. On the first day of the festival, visitors are welcomed by actors who are dressed as Mito Komon and other characters from the drama. Various presentations of traditional Edo-style performing arts, such as Edo-daikagura, ito-ayatsuri, o-edo tamasudare, and kamikiri, will entertain the visitors, along with tea ceremony, plant fair, and specialty shops. The garden is also one of nine participating Metropolitan gardens of the "stamp rally" event held by the Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association (Nov. 23 to Dec. 7). Visitors who collect stamps from at least three participating parks and gardens will receive a special "Flower Calendar 2008."


(Garden general information in English)

(Stamp rally information; Japanese only)

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