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lost squirrel May 12, 2009 12:46 AM

I hope this post can be used for all of the Tokyo locals to keep track of what's happening in Yoyogi for the festival season. Here is a schedule I found today, I hope it gets updated but if not I'll check some other sites and try to update this thread myself.

http://gmap.jp/shop-6394.html

May 16-17 Thai Festival : http://www.thaifestival.net/

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  1. Robb S RE: lost squirrel May 12, 2009 08:09 AM

    Thanks, it's really hard to keep track of what's going on in that park. You'd think Shibuya-ku would have a website, but apparently not.

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      Uncle Yabai RE: Robb S May 13, 2009 02:12 AM

      I think half of what goes on in that park, Shibuya-ku would rather not advertise!

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      lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel May 20, 2009 05:20 PM

      Hibiya Park isn't Yoyogi, but it's still Oktoberfest!
      5/22 to 5/31
      http://www.nihon-oktoberfest.com/spot...

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        lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel May 21, 2009 10:49 PM

        The next upcoming festival isn't food related, but I'm sure there will be some interesting sights and perhaps interestingly shaped food like at the Kanamara-matsuri

        5/23
        http://www.tokyo-pride.org/festival/

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          lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Jun 4, 2009 07:41 PM

          6/6 - 6/7
          EcoLife Fair: http://www.ecolife2009.com/

          6/13-6/14
          Bangladesh Festival: http://www.bangladeshjapanfestival.com/

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            lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Aug 7, 2009 01:04 AM

            Finally, the festivals are starting up again.

            8/15-8/16
            Indonesia Festival in Yoyogi Park
            10am - 8pm

            I'll be there on the 15th to stuff myself full of nasi goreng.

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              lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Aug 7, 2009 01:04 AM

              Finally, the festivals are starting up again.

              8/15-8/16
              Indonesia Festival in Yoyogi Park
              10am - 8pm

              I'll be there on the 15th to stuff myself full of nasi goreng.

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                lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Aug 20, 2009 07:55 PM

                Not food related, but there is a B-boy festival this weekend.

                B-Boy Park 2009
                Annual hip-hop and break dancing festival featuring two days of music, live performances and dance battles. Aug 22-23, free. Yoyogi Park. www.bboypark.com

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                  lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Aug 31, 2009 05:13 PM

                  September 5-6:

                  Yoyogi Park - Festival Brasil http://www.festivalbrasil.jp/

                  Yokohama - Yokohama Festa http://www.yokohama-festa.org/

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                    TimJE RE: lost squirrel Apr 28, 2010 08:55 AM

                    Doh, I just replied to a thread last year. Apologies.

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                    TimJE RE: lost squirrel Apr 28, 2010 08:53 AM

                    I went to this last year, it was great. Some really good performances, culminating with elimination playoffs. The crowd is VERY young, but its a fun time none the less.

          2. Robb S RE: lost squirrel Sep 10, 2009 03:10 PM

            It looks like the season is in full swing:

            09/12-09/13 Sri Lanka festival
            09/19-09/20 Vietnam festival
            09/26-09/27 Namaste India
            10/02-10/04 Hokkaido Fair
            10/10-10/12 Kyushu Travel Fair
            10/17-10/18 Veggie Food Festa 2009

            http://tigerfestival.blogspot.com/

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              lost squirrel RE: Robb S Sep 10, 2009 08:24 PM

              Here's the website for this weekend's festival
              www.lankaembassy.jp

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              lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Apr 27, 2010 10:03 PM

              The 2010 festival season is on us.

              Coming on the heels of GW is the One Love Jamaican festival on May 8th and 9th.

              The following weekend of the 15th and 16th is the Thai Festival.

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                lost squirrel RE: lost squirrel Apr 27, 2010 10:04 PM

                The next weekend of the 22nd and 23rd is the Laos Festival. Yay!

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                  steamer RE: lost squirrel Apr 29, 2010 11:23 PM

                  Mongol fest at hikarigaoka koen May 2 and 3

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                    lost squirrel RE: steamer Apr 29, 2010 11:36 PM

                    Really? That's one I've never been to. How is it?

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                      steamer RE: lost squirrel Apr 29, 2010 11:44 PM

                      I really like it, it is a little slow paced, but lots of Mongolian food like Khuushuur and buuz, they had some airag last time. good folk music, and some of the top pop stars from Ulaanbaatar show up, the sumo guys show up and there is Mongolian wrestling,. all in all good fun and somehow the weather is always good. It is well attended but not crazy crowded like the Thai fest, etc.

                      http://www.harumatsuri.net/2010/index...

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                        lost squirrel RE: steamer May 1, 2010 04:55 AM

                        Cool, I think I'll give it a try tomorrow. Do you think we'll be able to get food around 4:45 or 5pm Sunday?
                        I'm concerned that everything will be shut down.

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                          steamer RE: lost squirrel May 1, 2010 07:53 AM

                          I think they close down fairly promptly, also the climactic and guaranteed to blow your mind Mongol pops performance is supposed to start at 16:30

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                            lost squirrel RE: steamer May 1, 2010 06:22 PM

                            Gotcha, thanks.
                            I guess I'll leave the lady squirrel at home and head there solo.

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                              steamer RE: lost squirrel May 2, 2010 12:53 AM

                              I'm going on Monday, let us know how things turned out.

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                                lost squirrel RE: steamer May 2, 2010 03:38 AM

                                Not bad, some interesting singing and dancing. Some slightly floral milk based clear liquor, cow shochu?

                                Lamb skewers, lamb stew, ボーズ dumplings, some chinese style large flat dumplings that were ok but I much preferred the more chinese style that you can get in Ueno or Asakusa at the matsuri stalls.

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                                  steamer RE: lost squirrel May 3, 2010 07:39 PM

                                  Went Monday, it was really crowded, food stalls were split between Chinese-Mongolians and Mongolians, asked some Mongolian guys where the best Khuushuur were and they pointed me in the right direction. The folk music was not up to the usual standard, but had a good time and attended the pop concert afterward, which was very good.

              2. Robb S RE: lost squirrel Sep 25, 2010 05:19 PM

                Namaste India festival this weekend, with elephants! http://www.indofestival.com

                Hokkaido Fair next weekend (Oct 1-3): http://www.hokkaido-fair.com

                Kyushu Fair Oct 9-11: http://www.welcomekyushu.jp/fair/2010/

                (All in Yoyogi Park)

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