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  • Akasaka Hikawa Festival 2019

    13 – 15 September 2019
    Akasaka Hikawa Shrine; Akasaka and Roppongi

    Akasaka Hikawa Festival, the annual matsuri (festival) of Akasaka Hikawa jinja (Shinto shrine), will take place soon at the shrine and in the town of Akasaka and part of Roppongi.

    Akasaka Hikawa Shrine

    Akasaka Hikawa jinja is a Shinto sanctuary located in a quiet area of Akasaka, Tokyo. The main deity enshrined is Susanoo-no-mikoto, a Japanese god.

    The shrine, established over a thousand years ago, prospered under the aegis of the Tokugawa shogunate. The main wooden buildings were built in 1729 by the order of the eighth Tokugawa shogun Yoshimune. In 1730, the Shogun himself paid homage to the shrine.


    Highlights of Akasaka Hikawa Festival 2019

    The festival keeps age-old traditions, with feels the feeling and spirit of the Edo period to a certain degree. The floats (dashi) used in the procession are a few centuries old. Each float is elaborately decorated and topped with a figure.

    For the 2019 festival, the floats will go progress around the shrine, with people clad in kimono and festival costumes, moving to the tune of live music.

    The shrine’s “parish” (sort of…) corresponds to the area of Akasaka (near the subway Akasaka Station and Akasaka-mitsuke Station) and part of Roppongi near ARK Hills.

    The floats will pass through commercial areas, which makes a stark contrast with Akasaka Hikawa jinja that stands on a serene wooded hill.


    Festival programme 2019

    There will be a festival procession on the evening of the first day on 13 September (Friday), around Akasaka-mitsuke Station, from 5:30 to 9 pm.

    On the second day, 14 September (Saturday), the procession of mikoshi (portable shrines) drawn by kids, will take place in two sections of town, around Akasaka (2 – 4 pm) and ARK Hills (1:30 –2:30 pm).

    The main ritual will be conducted at the shrine on 15 September (Sunday). The Grand Festival Procession will also take place on the third day, from 1:30 to 5 pm.


    Bon dancing, festival stalls and performing arts

    During the festival, the shrine will host Bon odori (dancing), festival stalls and performing arts (staged in dedication to the shrine’s deities).

    • Live Japanese music: 14 Sept (Sat), 5 – 6:30 pm
    • Festival stalls: 14 & 15 Sept, 3- 9 pm
    • Bon Dance: 14 & 15 Sept, 6:30 – 9 pm


    Autumn Festival 2019 at ARK HILLS

    ARK HILLS, a commercial complex located nearby – in the “parish” area of Akasaka Hikawa Shrine – will hold its annual autumn festival to coincide with the shrine’s matsuri. 

    On the programme: mikoshi procession by children, Bon Dance, “gourmet” food stalls, live music performance, Hills’ market, Japanese handicrafts workshops, and more.

    赤坂氷川祭 2019

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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