Nihonbashi, literally meaning Japan bridge, it the name of a bridge and the district it's located. The bridge was in the Edo period designated by the Tokugawa Shogunate as the starting point of five major roads heading from Edo (modern day Tokyo) to other parts of Japan, and commerce has flourished here ever since. Kyobashi is the name of the district adjoining Nihonbashi in the south (its name also comes from the name of a bridge called Kyobashi which used to be here).
In late October, a festival called the Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri (日本橋・京橋まつり) is held in these two districts.
Present Nihonbashi Bridge was completed in 1911 with stone and is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri
At the Nihonbashi Kyobashi Matsuri, held in late October along the main street of the Nihonbashi and Kyobashi districts of Chuo-ku, Tokyo, various traditional festival dances from around the nation parade through the street from south to north.
At first, local entities and public sector organizations proceed in Western-style like marching band. After that, traditional dances from across Japan march the street (Shokoku-orai Parade).
When the procession is over, several groups from around the nation performes their dances at about four points along the main street the procession took place.
At a street near the Nihonbashi Bridge, a fair selling various local goods from across the nation will be set up.
Aki no Oedo Matsuri
On the same day, at a place near the procession took place, a local organization also holds a small event. Here, drum, ladder performances and such are conducted.
Event Map (2018)
The Opening Parade kicks off from 11:20 and the Shokoku-orai Parade at the main street from 12:00 from south toward north.
After all the participants of the processions have passed, traditional dance will be street-performed from 1:10pm at Point 1, from 1:15pm at Point 2, from 1:20pm at Point 3, from 1:25pm at Point 4, and from 0:20pm at Point 5 (what're going to be performed at these points differ from each other).
Some more performances will also take place at the Aki no Oedo Matsuri .