See Tokyo’s Cherry Blossoms at the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Event

17.January.2020 | SPOT

SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET is set to take place in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas of Tokyo from March 15 to April 5 this year.

This marks the 7th run of the event. Naoki Ono, the chief editor of Kohkoku magazine, was invited on board as creative director for this year’s event, which promises plenty of cherry blossom-themed activities and content which you won’t experience anywhere else.

 

Running alongside the festival will be the Kengai・NIHONBASHI event which will take place on March 28 and 29. This two-day event encourages people to turn off their smartphones and spend some quality time in the real world away from the digital world. There will be a food market run by local famous restaurants of Nihonbashi, which is known for its incredible food, who are preparing some special bites to eat. There will also be live performances, a book market, and much more.

 

SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET Schedule

The Tree Of Light –Akari Sakura-

This cherry blossom art display will see around 100,000 LED lights bloom their beautiful radiance.

 

Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

Location: COREDO Muromachi Terrace Main Roof

 

Nihonbashi Art Street -Kotobana Mik

Inspired by the weeping cherry trees that blossom in Nihonbashi during springtime, this art installation will react to people’s voices as they walk and talk around it, causing the trees to bloom.

 

Running: March 16, 2020 – March 31, 2020

Location: Naka-dori Street

 

Sakura Menu Walk

Around 120 participating restaurants and eateries will serve up special cherry blossom-inspired menus for the season. When you order any  of these menu items, you’ll receive a special novelty gift exclusive to the SAKURA FES NIHONBASHI/OFF TO MEET event.

 

Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

Location: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi area

 

Sakura Light Up

The town’s major facilities and establishments will be adorned and lit up beautifully with cherry blossom pink, as well the rows of cherry trees along Edozakura-dori Street.

Running: March 15, 2020 – April 5, 2020

Location: Edozakura-dori Street / Facilities along Chuo-dori Street

 

Kengai・NIHONBASHI Schedule

Kengai・SACOCHE

10,000 bags will be given away for free for locking your smartphone inside. This will enable attendees to enjoy the here and now of the event without being distracted by technology

 

Location: Handed out around Fukutoku Shrine

 

Kengai・BOOK MARKET

The book market is offering a new way to encounter books. The stock will include those featured at the Eslite Spectrum Nihonbashi pop-up shop from September 2019, as well as a selection of books from around Japan.

 

 

This is just a small look at what to look forward to at this year’s event, there is lots more planned. More details are to be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.

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