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.
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.