In late July, the Tokyo suburb of Kagurazaka will host the annual Kagurazaka Matsuri.
Famous for Kagurazaka Dori, the area's chic and pedestrian-friendly street slope, the suburb is also known for the historical Akagi Shrine, Edo period geisha houses, and French schools.
Held over four days, the first two days of the festival center around the Houzuki Market. Houzuki are ground cherries used during the obon festival in summer and were once thought to prevent chronic illness. The final two days feature the Awa Odori Festival with crowds of evening dancers performing traditional Japanese dances that originated from far-off Tokushima Prefecture.
Kagurazaka features a lively local eatery scene and along with the four days of festival street food stalls, the area will be full of happy revelers enjoying a traditional Japanese summer party atmosphere.