Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2018
festivals and tastes of Japan
12 – 21 January 2018
Furusato Matsuri Tokyo is an excellent annual event that gathers together traditional festivals and gourmet foods from all over Japan. At the Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants baseball team, festive attractions and energetic performing arts will be showcased every day. Delicious local dishes making your mouth water will be there to be tasted. The popular “national championship of donburi bowls” will also take place with audience participation.
It is brilliant to kick-start the year 2018 with this 10-day festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary. The event is full of fun, great for family weekends and for weekdays with colleagues and friends.
◆ Festivals from around the country
Colourful floats and energetic dances representing major Japanese festivals will rock the stadium every day. They include the spectacular Nebuta (neputa) festivals with fantastic floats from Aomori prefecture and “Akita kanto festival” involving the feat of manipulating long vertical poles decorated with lanterns. Performances from fantastic dance festivals, such as Kochi Yosakoi Festival and all-Okinawa Eisa Festival, will make you dance merrily with the performers and other audience members.
Aomori Nebuta Festival
Akita Kanto Festival
◆ Local gourmet feast
For food and drink, more than 380 stalls will entice you to try local specialties, ranging from “uni (sea urchin)”, wagyu beef, to various regional dishes and sweets. A choice of noodle dishes and exquisite toppings for a bowl of plain rice will also be on the menu.
Kiritampo hot pot (Akita prefecture)
Saba-zushi (Fukui prefecture)
“Nama-melon Soft” (melon topped with soft-serve ice cream) (Hokkaido prefecture)
◆ The 9th National Donburi Championship
“Donburi” stands for Japanese rice-bowl dishes with a variety of toppings and ingredients. In this gourmet contest, the most popular bowls selected in the preliminary round will compete with the last year’s laureates over the best donburi titles. You can taste these delicious bowls (each bowl costs 500 yen) and vote for your best donburi.
Tokachi-gyu-toro don (Hokkaido prefecture)
Hitsumabushi don with Shinshu Takamori pork (Nagano prefecture)
◆ Special Night events
For a merry evening, participate in a Special Night organized every day from 6 to 9 pm. Delicious food and more than 100 kinds of local beers and wines will be offered to accompany the spectacle of traditional performances.
◆ Gift to readers
Amuzen will give to its readers a total of five pairs of invitation tickets to “Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2018” via a lottery process.
Application deadline: 2 January 2018 (JST)
Link to the application page
*The invitations shall be sent to the winners without an announcement on the website.
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