International Festivals at Yoyogi Park, 2019: Travel the World by Staying in Tokyo!

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Vietnam Festival 2019

Are you a fan of phở, but haven’t found a good place to get it in Tokyo yet? Do you love Vietnam’s 333 beer? Is your dream lunch a bánh mì packed with meat and vegetables? Get yourself to this year’s Vietnam Festival! Stuff yourself with good food, and then don’t forget to pick up a free temporary tattoo to show your love for Vietnam while browsing the booths. NMB48’s Yuumi Ishida is a Vietnam Festival 2019 ambassador, and will be participating in some of the festival’s many stage performances as well (alongside plenty of Vietnamese music and dance), so don’t miss this chance to see her if you’re a fan of Japan’s giant pop-singing girl groups.

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Egypt Festival 2019

This festival is going on at the same time as the World Gourmet and Music Festa, so you can enjoy both in the same day! Get a taste of Egyptian food and try some kushari (a dish with rice, macaroni noodles, and lentils), kofta meatballs, and ta’amiyya A.K.A. falafel. On stage you’ll be very entertained by performances like those by an Al Tannoura dance group, a more colorful and exciting version of the Turkish whirling dervishes. Take advantage of this unique chance to enjoy a culture far from Japan’s while in Tokyo, and see how the two mix in Yoyogi Park.

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Festival Brasil 2019

This celebration of Brazilian culture will feature a huge variety of performances on stage, with dancers, singers local and coming all the way from South America, Samba bands, saxophonists, and more. Of course it wouldn’t be a good festival without good food, and there will be plenty of grilled meat alongside other snacks, and stalls selling a variety of goods. Perhaps most unique is the two day long capoeira workshop, going on all weekend with both instructional periods, and plenty of impressive displays from experts.

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Sri Lanka Festival

This festival is bringing the spice of Sri Lankan culture to the park, with a host of traditional cultural experiences for visitors to enjoy. Head over to the stage for a number of performances, including traditional Sri Lankan dance and music. If you’ve been feeling sluggish lately, learn more about traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Experts will be there to teach you about the medicinal field and guide you through the experiences, including massages and yoga lessons! And if all of this leaves you a bit peckish, there should be no lack of snacks and drinks for your enjoyment. Chow down on a plate of curry, try out a Sri Lankan beer, or sample one of plenty of other local delicacies.

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Fiesta de España 2019

Last but not least, the sole representative of Europe at Yoyogi Park this year will be Spain, with the Fiesta de España! Food offerings for this Spanish event include authentic paella, patatas bravas, churros, and more. Sit down by the stage to see both classical and folk performances, with everything from operatic vocalists and flamenco dancers, to soccerball experts. Last year’s fiesta celebrations included a quiz app connected to the event; we’re excited to see what interesting ideas the planners come up with this year. It’s a unique event in the middle of the big city!

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