Weekly Column Kanda This and That 307
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If you are working or living in this neighborhood, you should usually use JR Kanda Station. The station is going to celebrate the 100th anniversary since its construction in 1919, on March 1. For this happy occasion, drawings by local children are displayed at the North Exit and South Exit, and I heard that there will be a commemoration entrance ticket (it will be available from 10:00 on March 1; 700 yen). I think the area around the station, rather than the station itself, is more enthusiastic about the celebration. There will be some events at the Nishiguchi (West Exit) and Ekimae (in front of station) shotengai shopping streets, such as a hashigo-zake (“bar hopping”) event (3,000 yen), and a lottery drawing (one draw per every 1,000 yen purchase) (both on March 4-6). My Kajicho 2-chome community will have a mikoshi (portable shrine) parade! We will have a ceremony under the Kamishirakabe overpass at 17:30 on March 1, and then the parade will go around the station from 18:00. The mikoshi never comes out other than for the Kanda-matsuri Festival, so it should be the ultimate form of celebration. That shows how important the station is for the communities and people around it. Let’s party! I hope the station and the surrounding area will continue to develop healthily together.
*The information herein is as of February 2019.