Featuring a 10m tall Christmas tree, a giant chandelier and 100,000 lights this is one of the fancier displays of the season. While the official winter illuminations run until February 28th, the Baccarat Eternal Lights display (complete with Champagne Bar) will only continue until January 14th. There will be a Eurpoean-style Christmas market until December 25th from 11am until 8pm with festive food and drink.
0.6 km from Ebisu Station Hibiya Line (H2)Yamanote Line (JY21) 0.9 km from Meguro Station Namboku Line (N1)Mita Line (I1)Yamanote Line (JY22)Tōkyū Meguro Line (MG1) 1.2 km from Shirokanedai Station Namboku Line (N2)Mita Line (I2)
The Some no Komichi committee are going to provide English guided tours for those who are interested in Some no Komichi festival!
On the tours, you’ll enjoy a special event of “Some no Komichi” with English speaking guides, in which you can experience the River Gallery together, appreciate beautifully dyed noren curtains in the Street Gallery, and enjoy many other features in the Ochiai and Nakai area. You can also enjoy an actual dyeing experience at a workshop – available in the afternoon tour slot, costing ¥500. There are two tour times – from 8.55am – 10:30am and 1.25pm – 3pm.
“Some no Komichi” is a festival highlighting the art of dyeing and screen printing in the Nakai/Ochiai area of Shinjuku ward. Traditionally, dye producers were located along the banks of the Myoshoji River which runs through the area. On clear days, colourful kimono fabrics were hung out to dry outside the factories. As an artistic tribute to this heritage, 50 to 60 long pieces of kimono cloth will be draped on wires above the river as a “River Gallery”. The shopping area will also be decorated with 87 specially produced noren – the dyed curtain-like fabric that you often see hanging in front of the entrances to restaurants, onsen and shops selling traditional wares.
As well as just looking, you can also participate. There will tours of a dye factory at which you will be able to try some traditional dyeing. The River Gallery will run from 10am to 5pm from Friday, February 24th through to Sunday the 26th. The start of the River Gallery and the shopping street are located right outside Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line and on the Toei Oedo Line.
The Ooedo Kottouichi Japanese Antique Market is an (approximately) monthly event held in Yoyogi Park where the public gathers to sell its Japanese antiques. The market aims to educate people on Japanese culture and art, while creating an opportunity for locals to sell their antique goods at the largest outdoor antique market in Japan.
This event is an off-shoot of the twice-monthly antique market held in Tokyo International Forum.
N.B. The markets tend to be held monthly in autumn and winter and every other month in spring and summer.