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Fukuro Matsuri (Traditional Festival) & Tokyo Yosakoi (Dance Festival)
The Toshima residents' Fukuro Matsuri is divided into two parts: the first half takes place in late September and the second half takes place at the beginning of October.

The first half features dancing, bands, and taiko drum performances, along with a magnificent portable shrine festival, which features a parade of 30 portable shrines. The evening procession is particularly spectacular.

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The latter half is a dance festival featuring kappore, Sado okesa, Ikebukuro yassa, and yosakoi dances. It closes with a Tokyo Yosakoi Contest.

The Tokyo Yosakoi Contest features yosakoi dancing at nine venues around Toshima: the main site in front of Ikebukuro Station's west exit, Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, Mizuki Street, Azeria Street, Yonshotengai, Sunshine Street on the east exit side, the plazas in front of Mejiro and Sugamo Stations, and Otsuka Station's north exit area. The top prize is the Tokyo Governor's Prize. This is the biggest yosakoi dance event in Tokyo.

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There are more than 100 participating teams in an average year, which makes for considerable excitement. Champion teams from every part of Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south, participate and perform various styles of yosakoi dances.

The Toshima Tourism Association provides support for the Tokyo Yosakoi Contest in the form of the special Toshima Tourism Association Prize.

Visit the Fukuro Matsuri Kyogikai home page for more information about the Fukuro Matsuri and Tokyo Yosakoi Dance Festival. (Only in Japanese)

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