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Peach Blossom Festival | TOKIGAWA
April 7, 2019 @ 10:00 – 14:30
Peach Blossom Festival Tokigawa, April 7th 2019 from 10 am to 2.30 pm at Hachimangu Shrine in the Peach Blossom village.
Every year, we are absolutely spoilt for choice this first weekend of April for spring and / or flower festivals. Usually the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and accordingly there are literally dozens of cherry blossom festivals. The Peach Blossoms are also in bloom, but their sister – the cherry blossom tree- steals the limelight.
Moreover, in the family of prunus trees common in Japan, in the present day the peach blossom tree is the least revered and celebrated. This is a stark contrast to the position of peach blossoms in ancient Japan when they were an important feature of girls day celebrations. Today, the girls day festival still uses peach blossoms as decorations. You can see decorative fabricated peach blossoms adorning hina dolls display. This is because once upon a time the peach blossom trees used to boast their beautiful flowers around the time of the girls day celebration on March 3rd.
Ever since the peach blossoms started blooming around the same time as cherry blossoms they have lost their position in the annual flower admiration calendar. In addition, there are much fewer peach blossom groves in Japan than cherry blossom or plum blossom groves. Here in Saitama I personally only know of two: this one in Tokigawa and the “earthly paradise” in Chichibu.
Thus this Peach Blossom Festival in Tokigawa is one of only a few in the Saitama area. It is held in the Peach Blossom “sato” a word difficult to translate to English. The most common translation you see for it is village, but it has a deeper meaning of a place from which you come from. You often see the word used in relation to areas that specialise cultivating certain fruit or vegetation.
The peach blossom festival in Hachiman Shrine in Tokigawa is small and mainly attended by locals and cyclists (it’s on a cycle course). They have a fun day planned with music and events, including a performance by Eric Taimastone – an electronic tribal dance musician. They have balloon art and street performers for children and there is wooden Thomas the Tank engine train at the temple. There are also food stands.
If it rains the event will be moved to the Tokigawa central meeting hall.