Yanaka (谷中）district is tough and old. One of the few parts of Tokyo that has survived both wars and natural disasters, this district is a perfect example of historic Japan. So if you’re longing for a break from busy, bright Tokyo and miss the traditional shitamachi ambiance, you should definitely come check it out!
What a better time to explore these streets than the Yanaka Matsuri, celebrated last weekend? Taking advantage of the amazing weather, we headed to Nishi-Nippori station, took my camera out and snapped away.
Yanaka is one of the few parts of Tokyo that has survived both wars and natural disasters, this district is a perfect example of historic Japan.
The matsuri itself happens simultaneously in different parts of the area. It consists of small dance and music performances, food, drinks and of course, a stamp rally. People in Japan really seem to love stamp rallies!
We caught a couple of performances while walking around, a traditional Japanese dance and not-so-traditional (or Japanese) belly dancing! Most of the shows were held around the massive Yanaka Cemetery. This graveyard counts with over 7000 graves in a extensive 100,000 sqm area full of sakura trees.
Look up! When strolling around Yanaka, you can see glimpses of Tokyo Skytree. There is also a friendly colony of cats that take any opportunity to sunbathe and maybe a steal a bite of matsuri food.
The streets and shops are quite different from other parts of Tokyo, especially the quaint houses and cafes. it really offers a perspective of how life in Tokyo was back in the Edo period.
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