New Year celebration 2018
2-3 January 2018
Kiyosumi Teien is a pleasant Japanese garden located in the eastern part of Tokyo, on the former site of a merchant’s residence and then a feudal lord’s Edo residence.*
Rocks are tastefully arranged around a pond with carp and turtles, which draws the water of the Sumida River (Sumida-gawa). A teahouse-like Japanese building “Ryõtei” juts into the pond, making the landscape even more picturesque.
© Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
Today Kiyosumi Garden is one of the most popular spots in the unique neighbourhood known for a fusion of trendy and traditional.
The garden will soon host its annual New Year celebration in a traditional festive mood. During the event, you may also visit inside the Japanese house to play age-old games for o-shogatsu (New Year’s Day).
◆ Shishimai (the dance of the lion)
【time】at 12:30 pm on 2 – 3 January
【place】 Jiyū hiroba (or at Taisho Kinen-kan Memorial Hall in case of rain)
◆ New Year ‘s games at Ryõtei
【time】from 9 am to 4 pm on 2 – 3 January
Play New Year’s games such as sugoroku in the tatami room of the historical building.
◆ New Year’s plants
【time】 2 – 3 January from 9 am to 5 pm
【place】 In front of Taisho Kinen-kan Memorial Hall
Plants traditionally considered to be auspicious and attract good luck will be on display.
*The estate was landscaped into the present form since the Meiji era in the late 19th century, when it was acquired by Yataro Iwasaki, the founder of Mitsubishi. In 1924 the eastern part of the garden was donated to Tokyo, which later purchased the western part to open together to the public.
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