Originally conceived in 1956 as an April Fool’s festival (“Baka” is the Japanese word for fool or idiot) the festival now happens closer to May 1st and isn’t all monkey business.
Most of the entertainment is fairly conventional, with troupes from all the popular summer dance forms taking part – from samba to yosakoi to awa-odori. The fool part involves some participants dressing in comedic costumes.
It’s Akabane’s biggest festival of the year with attendance estimated at 400,000 people.
From October 18th to 29th, Shinrin Park in Saitama Prefecture will hold a light-up and illumination event called “Halloween Night in the Forest”. Walk through the park at night enjoying the Halloween-themed artworks and installations, which include: a Sogetsu-style space […]
The 2021 event (like the 2020 event) is being held online. The info below is for the in-person event. Get ready to experience real Japanese flavors! This three-day food festival is jam-packed with 100 authentic Japanese experiences for kids and […]
The Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo, visiting all 30 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line. Teams can also choose to do a half-Yamathon, finishing […]
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