Things to Do: Street Performance Madness, May 2-3

Acrobatic duo G-Choco Marble. Image courtesy Koenji Daidokei. The upcoming bunch of holidays known as Golden Week marks one of the biggest special occasions of the year, and lots of businesses trot out their best festivities.  The neighborhood of Koenji, on the west side of Tokyo, is marking the occasion with a ton of street performers.  The skinny, from Tokyo publication Metropolis Magazine:

Hordes of performers
will be taking to the streets for two days of carefully orchestrated
mayhem to mark the opening of the new Za Koenji theater (well, that’s
the excuse, at least). Expect everyone from circus troupes to
magicians, mimes and musicians to pop up at various locations around
town over the course of the weekend. There’ll be balloons and
face-painting for the kids, too, and tie-in promotions are promised at
shops and restaurants in the area.

There's a website for the festival, and while it's all in Japanese, there are some cool photos to give you an idea of what to expect.  You can get to the Koenji area by going to Shinjuku Station and hopping on the Chuo Line Local Service out to Koenji Station.  Need to learn how to use the trains?  There's a guide for that.

As soon as you leave the station, your adventure will begin.  Be sure to read the rest of Metropolis' guide to Golden Week 2009 – it's full of great things to do.