The Fukuro Festival began in 1968 as a promotional event for four local shopping districts on the west side of Ikebukuro Station. Since then it has grown to be one of the largest events in the community, and the festival enfolds the entire city of Ikebukuro in a festive atmosphere. The festival includes an opening ceremony as well as mikoshi (portable shrine) parades, taiko drum shows, lion dances, hayashi festival music, and an Okinawan Eisa Dance show. The Tokyo Yosakoi Festival and its preceding festival take place in October, and are accompanied by a variety of booths from supporting companies and Ikebukuro’s “friendship cities” introducing their specialty products. Visit this festival to have fun together with the citizens of Toshima City!
Tokyo Yosakoi Competition is waged on the last day with teams from across Japan showing-off fine costume while performing intricate dances on the streets and ‘Yosakoi‘ choreography to the distinctive sound of ‘Naruko‘ (bird rattle) along with accompanying traditional dance music.