The Eisa Matsuri (Eisa Festival) is an Okinawan-born ritual that takes place during Obon, a summertime holiday in Japan where the spirits of ancestors are honored. At the Eisa matsuri, men and women stream through the streets beating taiko drums and dancing, adorned with fantastic costumes. For one day, this festival will take over Shinjuku, blasting energy through its crowds of spectators. The show starts at noon on July 29th and goes until 8pm.
July 29, 12pm-8pm. Free. Shinjuku Station East and West exits. http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/