Furusato Festival in Tokyo 2017
festivals and tastes of Japan
7– 15 January 2017
Festivals and gourmet foods from all over Japan meet together in Tokyo. That is the formula of this vibrant festival to kick-start New Year.
For the ninth edition, colourful floats and energetic dances, representing major Japanese festivals, will again rock the stadium all day, every day, during the event. They include the gigantic illuminated float from “Aomori Nebuta Festival”, voted by the public as the No. 1 festival that they would like to see, as well as the large, valiant float from “Hirosaki Neputa Festival”.
Aomori Nebuta Festival
Hirosaki Neputa Festival
Spectacular dance performances from “Kariya Mando Festival” (Aichi prefecture), “Ushibuka Haiya Festival” (Kumamoto Prefecture) and “All Okinawa Eisa Festival” (Okinawa prefecture) will be presented for the first time.
All Okinawa Eisa Festival
For food and drink, the very popular National Donburi Championship will be back (“donburi” is rice bowl dishes with a variety of toppings and ingredients). This year, nine donburi bowls that won the preliminary round will challenge the “seeded” bowls that are last year’s winners.
Odawara Kurotendon (Kanagawa prefecture)
Also, exquisite toppings for a bowl of plain rice will be available, such as grilled mentaiko (spicy cod roes) and the best grade Omi beef. Additionally, you can discover many kinds of local sweets, gourmet and other products that are otherwise difficult to purchase outside their hometown.
“3 second steak” using the best-grade Omi beef
Grilled snow crab on the shell (Hokkaido)
Grilled scallops with butter
For a merry evening, “Special Night” will be organized every day from 6 to 9 pm (except for 10 and 15 January). Delicious food and more than 100 kinds of local beers and wines will be offered to accompany the traditional performances. On the plate: “Happy Hour for Girls” (11 January), “Dancing Night with Everyone” (12 January), and “Special Festival Nights” that alternately feature different regions.
So have fun travelling around the country, even without taking a train, amid festive spirits.
Lamb’s steak with mountain wasabi sauce
Himokawa udon noodles (Gunma prefecture)
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