“Receiving Imperial Gift of Sake: View of Edobashi Bridge and Nihombashi Bridge”/ On Collection at the Edo-Tokyo Museum
- Passing Down a Love of Festivals, From Edo to Tokyo
- In the July of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, then in September, Meiji was chosen as the name for the new era. What made this change hit home for ordinary citizens was Emperor Meiji’s entrance to the castle on October 13th, 1868 – the first year of the Meiji era. Given sake soon thereafter by the Emperor, the townspeople, known for their love of festivals, erupted into festivity in a festival-like event called Go-Shu Chodai (“Receiving Sake”), which was then turned into woodblock prints at the time. The townspeople’s festive spirit has been passed down to modern Tokyo, shining through first and foremost with the Three Great Edo Festivals of Kanda Matsuri, Sanno Matsuri, and Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, as well as through festivals with roots outside the capital that have evolved in a unique way in recent years, such as the Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori and the Asakusa Samba Carnival.