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Updated: March 29, 2020
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.
The First Voyage is an event held at Miura Harbor in Tako Bay each year on January 2nd, to pray for safety and bountiful yields for the local fishermen.
The candy and other items represent bait, and the people that gather around them represent large groups of fish. The fishermen use their fishing rods to "catch" members of the crowd. In the past, the event was called "mikanmaki" (scattering mandarin oranges) because mandarins are part of the "bait."
In addition, a rice-cake competition is held as part of the event, and sacred sake, dried fish and soup are available.
Please check the official event website for the latest updates on opening dates and times, prices, and other information.