The Kurayami Matsuri is Okunitama Shrine's most important festival held annually on April 30-May 6 in Fuchu, Tokyo. The main festival days are May 4 and 5 when I saw it in 2014. Kurayami means "pitch dark" in reference to it originally being a night festival. On May 4, it is a procession of giant taiko drums and ornate floats with dancers and musicians. On May 5, there are gang taiko drums and mikoshi portable shrines.
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One of Tokyo's major cemeteries with the graves of celebrated figures including politicians, scholars, and novelists. Also a noted cherry blossom spot in spring. Five-minute walk from Tama Station on the Seibu Tamagawa Line or a 2-minute walk from Reien Omotemon bus stop via Keio Bus from JR Musashi-koganei Station.
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Very spacious and modern, the Tokyo Race Course is a huge facility not only for horse racing and betting, but also for family recreation and amusement. The Japan Racing Association's flagship horse-racing course in Fuchu, Tokyo got a makeover in April 2007 with a new grandstand called Fuji View Stand. Impressive, and entertaining even for non-gamblers. The JRA Keiba (Horseracing) Museum is also open to the public. These photos were taken on June 14, 2009 when the Grade III Epsom Cup races were held. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Impressive open-air museum in a spacious park featuring historical buildings and flowers, especially the hydrangea. Near Bubaigawara Station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku. Take a bus or walk 25 min. from the station.
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