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Isuzu Fujisawa Festival 2014

Two weeks ago, on August 1st, my family went to the 36th annual Isuzu Fujisawa Festival at the Isuzu truck factory in Fujisawa.  Since it was only 20 minutes away from us on foot, it was a pretty easy decision to go to it.

The festival featured a lot of food, taiko drums, singing, festival games, mikoshi (portable shrine), and fireworks.  As you’ll see later in the video below, we didn’t stay for the fireworks, but we did see some.  The video features mostly the taiko performance, which is nice to watch.  The girl dancing to the taiko music is my daughter.  It was her first time seeing anything like this, and she really loved it.

If you’ve watched the video already, you’ll notice that we had a thunderstorm.  It was actually quite intense with a lot of lightning.  But I love a good thunderstorm.

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Furusato Matsuri Tokyo – January 10, 2010

On January 10th, I went to Tokyo Dome to see the Furusato Matsuri Tokyo (ふるさと祭り東京), which is a festival celebrating food and culture from around Japan.  Tokyo Dome is in Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo, and is the home of the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants baseball team.  It’s part of an entertainment complex called Tokyo Dome City, which I will cover in the next post.  But for now, let’s take a look at the festival.

I've arrived at Tokyo Dome for the festival.

Here's the entrance of Tokyo Dome. There were many people waiting to get inside.

The wait to get inside Tokyo Dome was about 30 minutes.  The line was very long.  I took the last picture shortly before entering.   But then, I finally got to go inside.

Inside Tokyo Dome, I could now see the festival area on the field.

Down there, there are many places to buy food from all over Japan, as well as other products.

It is crowded! There are so many people here!

This is very colourful, isn't it?

An even better look. See all the dolls on it?

So far, I’d been on the floor and in the crowd for about 5 minutes.  For the next while, I explored the food stalls, which featured food from all over Japan.  There wasn’t just food, but also drinks, alcohol, and even a wine tasting area.  In the end, I had some yakisoba (fried soba noodles) from Fujinomiya in Shizuoka and some ice cream from Okinawa.

More crowds. You can see a place that sells omu soba, which is omelette with soba.

The big screen in Tokyo Dome is being used to show performances that are happening near home plate.

There's so much food being sold around here!

Yakisoba is being sold here. Mmmm, it looks good.

So, I bought some yakisoba. This is Fujinomiya yakisoba from Shizuoka prefecture. It was very good!

After some eating, the next thing to do was go watch some performances.  I had to find a seat.

Here's a view from up higher. Next, watching some performances. The sign that says "deguchi (出口)" means "exit."

This is the home plate area. Here, there are many performances being done during the 4 day long festival.

I watched 2 performances. This group, the people in purple, is from Okinawa. They're a group of elementary school students who will perform with taiko drums.

And here they are performing!

And some more. They performed for about 15 minutes.

Here are some videos.  I didn’t have any zoom, so the quality isn’t very good.  However, you’ll get a good idea about the music.

After that, the kids switched with the adults.  I’d like to note that there was a man sitting in front of me who was dancing along with the music.  You may be able to see him.

The second performance was also a group from Okinawa. They were adults, though.

The festival was very enjoyable.  I had a good time.  But then it was time to leave and make a visit to Tokyo Dome City.

Now I'm back outside Tokyo Dome. That's all for the festival!

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