Koshin-to, Monuments of Monkeys

In old days Japan, there was a certain type of religion called Koshin which originally meant a certain day under the Chinese zodiac calender.  On this day, people stayed up to make poems, play board games, have parties, etc.  Koshin under the zodiac calender is a monkey.  Therefore, later on during Edo Era between 16th –…

Autumn Festivals in Japan

Autumn is a festival season in Japan.  This is a festival to celebrate this year’s harvest.  Every weekend in September, you will find festivals somewhere in Japan.  Typically people carry miniature shrines which will be presented to the main shrines.

Shops in Yanaka

Yanaka Ginza is a famous shopping street in Yanaka area.  But Yanaka or Yanesen area (Yanaka, Sendagi and Nezu) has many narrow side streets and when you go into those streets, you will find many small shops.  One of the fun things to do in this area is to walk randomly and find interesting shops…