Yoyogi Park Festivals

Japan summers are full of activities. In July, there are fireworks all over Japan. My favorite would be the one in Showa Kinen.

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Flowers are a-bloom.

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Bon odori and Awadori Festivals are celebrated everywhere in August and September.

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Usually, there will be food stalls and simple games for kids. And people dancing! Feel free to join.
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Since these festivals are hard to track, the best way to catch one is to head towards Yoyogi Park on a weekend. They have food stalls and all sorts of activities depending on the theme.

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Of course, we had to go to the Philippine Festival

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They had these displays
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And selfie sticks all around from kababayans
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Ati-atihan costumes
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Barbeque!
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Fishball, kikiam, all sorts of street food. Halo-halo, avocado shake, buko.
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But the lines were horrendous and a bit chaotic. Sadly shows how different we are from the Japanese. Buuuut, the bands playing were really great…coz Pinoy!
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Hokkaido Festival

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Lamb ramen

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Hokkaido Hotate
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Hot off the grill!
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Crab cake which is a specialty in Hokkaido
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Chicken wings coz we love’em wings regardless of origin

There weren’t a lot of desserts this year though. I first found out about Le Tao in this festival. We wondered why the line was long and lined up out of curiosity. They didn’t participate this year.
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But it doesn’t matter…because, we already ordered a Double Fromage to celebrate a birthday!

Check out the link to see their scheduled themes.

You don’t need the whole day there. Head towards the main park. Or go to Meiji Jingu, Harajuku, and Omotesando. NHK also has a museum (great for kids).

Enjoy!

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