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Hojo-In Temple

At Fukagawa 2-chome and near the Kiyosumi Gardens, there is a renowned temple called the Hojo-In Temple. Built in the year of 1629, this temple was originally known as the Kentai-san Hojo-in. However, it is currently known as the Fukagawa Enma-do, which is translated to “The Hall of the King of Hells” in English. Outside,...

14th September 201914th September 2019by
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The Tomioka Hachiman Shrine

Map of Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. Credit to:http://www.tokyustay.co.jp/e/hotel/MON/access/ Fukagawa is located on the east bank of the Sumida river. This geographical characteristic helped Fukagawa to improve its trading industry. There are two main east-west canals, the Onagigawa and the Konakigawa. These canals run from the Sumida river in downtown Edo to the Ara river. Thus these canals...

12th September 201912th September 2019by
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Fukagawa Seven Gods of Fortune Tour (Shichi Fukujin Meguri)

Throughout Japan, there are multiple places where you can participate in the shichifukjin meguri, a short pilgrimage from one shrine/temple to another, at any time of the year. This custom started in the early Edo Period. In Japanese mythology, there are seven gods who bring good luck. In Fukagawa, there are 3 shrines and 4...

11th September 201911th September 2019by
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Fukagawa Hachimangu and Sumo Wrestling

Fukagawa Hachimangu is famous for being the origin of a longlasting sumo wrestling tradition. Sumo wrestling had already begun during the Edo period in areas such as Kyo (Kyoto) and Osaka, but had been banned for corrupting public morals. In 1684, though, the bakufu government permitted sumo competitions to be held in spring and autumn for fundraising temples and shrines....

9th September 201911th September 2019by
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The Fukagawa Hachimangu Incident

On December 8, 2017, within the shrine grounds of Fukagawa Hachimangu, four men and women were murdered or injured within shrine grounds, including chief priest Nagako Tomioka. One of the murderer was Nagako’s younger brother named Shigenaga Tomioka, who committed suicide after killing his partner-in-crime. Numerous survival knives and Japanese katanas were found in the crime scene. Many...

7th September 201911th September 2019by
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Fukagawa Tekomai

Within Eto-ku (Current Fukagawa region), Fukagawa tekomai are determined as an Important Intangible Folk Culture Asset of the district. Tekomai are women that walk alongside or in front of the mikoshi during Fukagawa Hachiman Festival once every three years. As in the video above, they can also perform traditional Japanese music on-stage. Tekomai are said to have existed...

2nd September 201924th September 2019by
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#AGeishaDay, a Roma arriva il festival delle Geisha

Se si pensa al Giappone non esiste figura più magica di quella della geisha. Artista, entraineuse, raffinatissima seduttrice, questa figura femminile ha fatto sognare artisti di tutto il mondo. Quando a fine ‘800 il Japonisme esplose a Parigi, la geisha affascinò gli artisti più importanti dell’epoca: Monet dipinse la moglie con kimono e ventaglio, Van Gogh, che...

8th March 20198th March 2019by
#AGEISHADAY: SETTEMBRE A SPASSO CON UNA GEISHA GIAPPONESE PER LE STRADE DI ROMA
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#AGEISHADAY: SETTEMBRE A SPASSO CON UNA GEISHA GIAPPONESE PER LE STRADE DI ROMA

Esiste un legame speciale che unisce una geisha giapponese ad un’altra, un vincolo difficile da sciogliere che viene definito “unione di destini”. Ed è proprio un’unione di destini, o forse di percorsi, o di emozioni, che dovrebbe portarvi a Roma dal 6 al 16 settembreper un evento unico al mondo. Stiamo parlando di #AGEISHADAY il festival dedicato interamente alla figura e alla...

8th March 20198th March 2019by
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2020: Australia

🇯🇵 GEISHAS COMING IN Australia 👘🍵 Dear Network and friends of the Fukagawa Geishas, We would like to share with you news about our next trip to Australia ! Four geishas will be visiting Australia from Fukagawa, the oldest geisha district in Japan and the origin where female geisha began. One of them is Sayuki, the...

25th February 201925th February 2019by
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Summer 2019 : America

🇯🇵 GEISHAS COMING IN America 👘🍵 Dear Network and friends of the Fukagawa Geishas, We would like to share with you news about our next trip to America ! Four geishas will be visiting America from Fukagawa, the oldest geisha district in Japan and the origin where female geisha began. One of them is Sayuki, the...

25th February 201925th February 2019by