New Year celebration in a “daimyo” garden
2-3 January 2017
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Koishikawa Korakuen is a “daimyo” (feudal lord) garden built in 1629 during the Edo period by the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family. The garden with a pond represents a scenic landscape of mountains, rivers, lakes and fields.
To celebrate Japanese New Year in this beautiful garden, what is more typical than to watch shishimai (the dance of the lion) and traditional juggling performances?
Indeed, for New Year’s event, a special “daikagura” performed by the artists’ group “Maruichisenoshachu” will be staged twice daily at 11.30 am and 1 pm (to be cancelled in case of rain).
The daikagura, a four-century old art of performance, consists of dance, music, juggling and narrative parts. Have you ever seen an artist twirl a Japanese umbrella with a ball on the top without dropping it? Or an acrobat juggling with a teapot or plates? Well, that is it, the daikagura.
Also in the garden, try New Year’s traditional games or snap selfies in the New Year-themed photo spot, if you feel like it.
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