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Ikegami Honmonji wind chime festival
Jun 30 at 8:00 am - Jul 18 at 5:00 pm
It’s said that long ago, before air conditioners or iced drinks blessed this Earth, the soft sound of wind chimes tinkling in the wind was used to soothe the overheating bodies and minds of sweating Edo-period citizens. In 2021, from late-June to mid-July, you can go find out if it has the same soothing effect on you — or at least take some pretty pictures for your Instagram — as 500 wind chimes adorned with the written wishes of locals and visitors hang in rows at Ikegami-Honmonji Temple. Write your own wish to add to a chime or, on Sundays from 10am to 3pm, join a free tour in English, French or Chinese in which local volunteers will share the story of the temple’s history and construction.