Matsuri (祭) means festivals and in Japan, there are always some festivals going on celebrating religions, ancestors or local customs. This weekend we attended one of Tokyo’s most popular matsuri in Azabu Juban (麻布十番納涼まつり).
It is basically like a carnival with food and game stalls lining up the streets and thousands of young people showed up to party. Hehe, I guess the young Japanese don’t just work hard, they play hard too.
Girls in yukata walking to the matsuri
Children playing the Taiko drums in front of a shrine
More street performance - a mix of modern and traditional
Now, are you ready for the parade of Japanese street-style food?
Fish on a stick, anyone? Or squid, octopus or any sea creatures?
The famous and healthy okonomiyaki (vegetables, egg, seafood pancake) from Osaka
Another of my favourite Osaka snack – takoyaki (octopus ball)
Can you believe it? I spotted this! This is deep fried spiral potato, the Korean vendors claimed it’s the latest popular snack in Seoul?? People are using BYJ’s image for everything! Interesting enough, this stall also boasted the longest lineup of purely women :)
Across the street, a toppoki stall. No BYJ pictures, no customers, simple business logic!
Ah, I’m thirsty! No problem, there’re ice cold beer, wine and shaved ice, you can mix your own flavours
Pretty cotton candy
OK, now that tummy is happy. Game time! Very popular ‘Goldfish scooping’ using a paper net! Remember this was featured in the US reality show ‘Amazing Race’?
Hehe sorry, don’t know what this is but love the colours and the kid is enjoying it.
Hohoho, this ojiisan is no HRH but soooooo cute oh!
Next .... Bon-odori