ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019: Nihonbashi Readies For Annual Summer Event

06.June.2019 | SPOT

The 12th annual ECO EDO Nihonbashi event is set to take place across the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo again this year from July 5 to September 23.

ECO EDO Nihonbashi sees lots of events take place through the town that give a modern spin on the lives of those in the traditional Edo period. “Cool and refreshing” is the theme of the event and something that was born from Nihonbashi during this period. It encourages people to use of all five senses: to feel the coolness as they observe the goldfish, lanterns and fireworks, to feel it by wearing a yukata, to hear the refreshing sounds of the wind chimes by means of the wind, to taste and smell the refreshing gourmet food prepared, and so on.

Goldfish Lantern Road

The Goldfish Lantern Road returns again this year, a path imbued with that Edo atmosphere that leads up to Fukutoku Shrine. The giant goldfish lanterns will be strung up once again to bring that summertime vibe. Digital lighting will also be used to illuminate the path for an even better experience. The lighting performance this year was created by Nihonbashi-based creative company flapper3.

 

Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

Location: Nakadori Street (Between Coredo Muromachi 1 and 2)

 

Little Path in the Wind Chime Forest

The little path that connects Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest will be draped with around 20 little Edo-style wind chimes. The sound of the chimes as they are brushed by the wind will allow you to enjoy the cool air. For the first time this year, the area will also be lit up in the evening. Be transported into a magical world as the wind chimes are illuminated by the beautiful lights.

 

Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

Location: Little path at Fukutoku Forest, right beside Fukutoku Shrine

 

Goldfish Sweets & Bar Crawl

110 shops and restaurants in the Nihonbashi area, from those in shopping malls to individual stores, will serve up a selection of goldfish themed goodies once again which proved very popular last year. Tuck into goldfish inspired Instagrammable sweets, bar food, and alcohol.

 

Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

 

Kyorakutei Yukata Station (*Booking required)

Rent out a yukata or have your own fitted onto you in a Japanese-style room with this yukata service.

 

Running: Every Saturday from July 5, 2019 – September 21, 2019 (Except August 31)

Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Rentals from 10:30-17:30)

Location: Kyorakutei (Coredo Muromachi 3 Floor 3F)

Price: Yukata Fitting ¥3,000 / Yukata Rental ¥5,500

TEL: 03-5652-5403 (Shinnichiya) (Weekdays 10:00-17:00)

 

ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019: Cool Edo & Goldfish Night Museum

The Art Aquarium is an aquatic art museum managed by aquarium artist Hidetomo Kimura which fuses art, design and entertainment. The beautiful fish tanks are inspired by traditional Japanese design and focus on goldfish, combining sound, visuals, music and smell for an completely new and unique art experience. To date, over 9.45 million people have paid to enter this exhibition which is held only during ECO EDO Nihonbashi.

 

Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (Coredo Muromachi 1 Floor 5F. Entrance accessed via Floor 4F.)

 

Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival

Celebrating its third year, the Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival returns for 2019. A host of events will take place every weekend including Bon Odori dancing, goldfish scooping and more. This year, visitors will be able to experience Bon Odori dancing from various locations across Japan.

 

Running: Every weekend from July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Location: Fukutoku Forest

Entry: Free (A fee is required for the goldfish scooping however)

*Subject to cancellation during rainy weather.

*Please check here to see the days when the Bon Odori and goldfish scooping are taking place.

 

Lots of other fun events are taking place besides these ones too, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer be sure to get involved.

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