Tokyo summer festival soaking

People pouring buckets of ice water over themselves for charity may well be a thing at the moment, but at the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri in Tokyo, they have been doing something very similar for much, much longer. A simple bit of festival fun that many look forward to. Even getting all dressed up just to get a good soaking.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Tokyo water festival

And as such, it’s enjoyed by people of all ages, although sulking little lads are sometimes an exception.

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Tokyo water festival

Tokyo corner shop conversations

Supermarkets pretty much stock everything you could ever want; all under one roof. And convenience stores are exactly what their name suggests — a blessing on so many occasions. But neither of them can come anywhere close to offering the conversation and companionship that a traditional corner shop does.

old Tokyo shopper conversations