The Eisa Matsuri Festival originates in Okinawa as a ritual of kyu bon (old bon), to honor the spirits of ancestors and pray for the well-being of families and the prosperity of businesses. Teodori hand dancers, sanshin three-stringed instrument players, jutei singers, clown-like characters... Various men and women performers form a procession and dance through town to the beat of taiko drums large and small.
This nationally renowned traditional event from Okinawa has made its way to Tokyo and become a symbol of summer in Shinjuku.
The sound of the barrel drums and the sight of the dynamic dance are certain to touch the heart and kindle a flame of excitement. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, held in the heart of Tokyo, is festival whose energy rubs off on the spectators.