Come Join the International Mikoshi Festival!

Jiyugaoka provides international residents with unique experiences of Japanese summer tradition.

A Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine. Around 50 people take turns to hoist the Mikoshi on their shoulders and walk around the neighborhood, typically chanting “wa-shoi”. You can experience Mikoshi in Jiyugaoka on Saturday, August 31st. This summer marks the 17th year of the festival. Every year it attracts many foreigner participants and receives lots of praise. “We look forward to the participation of many foreigners this year too.” – Mr. Okamura, Executive Committee Chairperson of the International Mikoshi Festival. Participants will be provided with “Hanten” jackets which must be returned at the end of the event. Head towels are also provided for you to use and to take home as souvenirs. After the event, you can join a free barbecue.

Application is required in advance.

If you are interested in the International Mikoshi Festival, please read details as below.

< Festival Details >

Date Aug. 31 (Sat)
Time 15:00 – 20:30
15:00 – Reception opens
16:00 – Opening Ceremony
16:30 – Departure
19:30 – BBQ
Fee Free
Place Mizuho Bank Jiyugaoka branch parking lot
Requirements Any non-Japanese 14 years of age or older who can speak Japanese, French, English or Chinese. Once you file an application, you will receive a participation card. Please come wearing comfortable and easily removable clothing.
Limited Enrollments 50 participants
How to apply Send a fax with the information below to 03-3717-4549 (fax service available at convenience stores).
* Your name, nationality, language(s) spoken, home address, phone number, fax and email.
For more information please contact the Jiyugaoka Information Center via phone (03-5731-7274, Japanese only).


July 5th, 2019
Edited by: Meguro International Friendship Association(MIFA)





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