I wasn't disappointed. The festival starts on Friday evening, when bars and restaurants around Shimokitazawa's Ichibangai get ready for a visit from Karasu Tengu. Not everywhere gets so blessed, but I was with Tengu fans and we had done our homework. Iida, possibly my new favourite Izakaya(it actually does desserts) looked like any other nice bar - until suddenly the doorway filled with a monster
The town crier (left) wore special Tengu gloves, and he gave a pair to me
And that wasn't all. The following day, Karasu Tengu
and Daitengu effigies of all shapes and sizes
The streets were packed with Tengu lovers from all over Tokyo, some of whom carried this special parasol (a new lesson - Tengu don't like bright Japanese winter weather...they prefer to be in the mountains, under trees)
...but my favourite Tengu was perhaps this poor soul sitting at the side of the street. Perhaps he'd been here since last year
So when's the next festival, again?