This Week in Tokyo – 27 August 2019

The latest edition of This Week in Tokyo – a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the city. Check out photos from our tours and read insights into our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis, and beyond. This week’s edition is hosted by Mac, our Founder and Lead Guide. This week: Ropponjin Ondo; Super Yosakoi 2019; Midtown Ashimizu; Corn Cat Hats and Tokyo Metro Summer! 

Featured image – Ropponjin Ondo: The 17th Roppongi Hills Bon Odori Festival took place last weekend. As well as the usual classics, this Bon Odori features its own song, the “Ropponjin Ondo”, which my guests and I enjoyed dancing to around the Yagura tower. Thank to Miriam for this photo she snapped of me executing a full-blown dance manoeuvre!

Super Yosakoi 2019: The incredible ‘Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri: Super Yosakoi’ celebrated its 19th year this year and Miriam and her family enjoyed an incredible viewing spot for it on their Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour. Over the road from us was Tokyo mayor Yuriko Koike! The colourful costumes, rousing music and incredible dancing were one of the highlights of their trip.

Tokyo Midtown Ashimizu

Midtown Ashimizu: From July 12 until August 25 visitors to the gardens of Tokyo Midtown could enjoy soaking their feet in this hot water bath, sponsored by Suntory Holdings. Many of our tour guests enjoyed this special experience over the last six weeks.

Brooke getting a cat hat gachapon

Corn Cat Hats: Brooke wanted a cat hat for her friend. Fair enough, you say. But she didn’t just want any cat hat, she wanted “the corn one”. I knew exactly where we could get one, especially as there have been over 35 series of cat hats released by Kitan Club and not all of them are available at any one time in one location. Both Brooke and her husband Eric were kind enough enough to write reviews of their time with me and the trip planning which I did for them on TripAdvisor, which you can read here and here!

And finally… Tokyo Metro Summer: Not all train posters we share in ‘This Week in Tokyo’ are telling you how to behave! Some of them are beautiful works of art, like this one… a mix of iconic images that can only be described as ‘Peak Summer’!

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