Cinco de Mayo means 5th of May in Spanish. The day is to commemorate the Battle of Puebla, where a small team of Mexican fighters defeated a much larger French army, which at the time was considered the strongest in the world. Cinco de Mayo has grown especially popular in the United States, where all things Mexican are celebrated.
Cinco de Mayo in Japan, which started in 2013 in Yoyogi Park, will hold its 7th year of celebrations in Arakawa. It will showcase not just Mexico but music, dance and cuisine from many other countries in the Western hemisphere. Known as one of the most “international” festivals in Japan, it is a great chance to enjoy fine food, drinks and interactive entertainment with friends and family.
Spend your spring weekend enjoying music and dance from Central and South America. Experience salsa, marinera, samba, zumba, jazz, rock and more.
There will be plenty of delicious food from countries such as Mexico, America, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Colombia, etc. Also, along with beer and wine, you can enjoy a wild variety of fine cocktails. Non-alcoholic options available. Finally, a celebration of the Americas is not complete without crafts and unique products. Come enjoy the culture and a chance to buy these hard to find products!
Note: Although “Cinco de Mayo” means May 5th in Spanish, this year’s festivities happens a week later on the weekend of May 11–12.To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.