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Updated: May 16, 2019
The Eisa Festival originated in Okinawa as a way to honor the island's ancestors and pray for the well-being of families and economic prosperity. Today this festival is also held annually in Shinjuku.
During the celebrations, performers form a procession and dance through the streets to the beat of taiko drums. Okinawans have a very distinct drumming style and traditional attire, so this unique event sets itself apart from Tokyo's many other festivals. Come feel the energy at this festival that attracts close to a million spectators each year.