Falcons and firefighters start off New Year

January 1st, 2012By Category: Events

Hama-rikyu Onshi Garden

Hama-rikyu Onshi Garden

Hama-rikyu Onshi Garden in Tsukiji has some New Year events on Jan 2 and 3.

Last year's falconry exhibition

“Hoyojyutsu” is a falconry exhibition. There will be two hour-long performances each day from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

You can experience traditional Japanese New Year games such as “Hanetsuki” (battledore) and “Komamawashi” (spinning a top) and buy warm foods and drinks such as “amazake” (sweet sake made from fermented rice) and “Tonjiru” (pork miso soup) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be an exhibition of tree peonies from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., as well as garden tours.

Entrance fee is 300 yen (150 yen for those aged 65 or older, free for junior high school students who live in Tokyo or go to school in Tokyo and elementary school students or younger children).


Access to Hama-rikyu Gardens

(North entrance of the Gardens)

7 minutes walk from Tsukijishijo Station on Toei Oedo line, Shiodome Station on Oedo and Yurikamome lines.

12 minutes walk from Shimbashi station on JR, Tokyo Metro Ginza and Toei Asakusa lines.

(Northwest entrance of the Gardens)

5 minutes walk from Shiodome and Yurikamome stations.

15 minutes walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station.


Source: New Year event at Hama-rikyu Onshi Garden

 New Year’s Fire Review (Dezomeshiki)

The annual New Year’s Fire Review is called “Dezomeshiki” in Japanese and is a spectacular demonstration of fire  and disaster prevention performed by the Metropolitan Fire Department. It features firefighting drills, rescue, first aid, a parade of firefighting equipment and other various performances.

The review will be held on Jan 6 from 9:30 a.m. at Tokyo Big Sight. The event will be shown that night from 11:05 to 11:45 on NHK General TV.

 Source: The Metropolitan Fire Department Information

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