Azabujuban is a cosmopolitan town in Minatoku, Tokyo. Azabujuban Shotengai (shopping streets), the center of Azabujuban, lends itself as the stage for Azabujuban Noryo-matsuri (summer night festival) around late August every year. The festival has been held over 40 years as a big event with more than 150,000 people joining in. During the festival, Patio-dori and Zoshiki-dori are the main sites, and there are over 300 food stalls lining up, where you can try all of Japan’s local cuisines as well as world gourmet that the embassies in the town offer. Such a cosmopolitan town!
Fully Enjoy Japan’s Gourmet
The stalls in Azabujuban Noryo-matsuri have, of course, Takoyaki (octopus dumpling), Yakisoba (stir fried noodles) and Ringo-ame (candy-wrapped apple) as regular Japanese festival food stalls, on top of which, you can fully enjoy Japanese local specialty cuisines from about 50 cities or towns all over Japan, such as “Uni-no-Kaiyaki (roasted sea urchin in a shell)” and “Hamo-no-Cream Croquette (conger pike cream croquette).”
Get Your Fill with the World’s Gourmet
Since there are so many embassies, Azabujuban has so many international and fancy restaurants, too. At Azabujuban Noryo-matsuri, only this cosmopolitan town can have many stalls of the embassies. The area of embassies’ stalls is called International Bazaar, having Indian, Turkish, Pakistan and other countries’ cuisines. Try authentic cuisines from all over the world.
Perfomances on Stage to Set the Mood for Festival
The festival site, “Patio-juban” has a special stage called “Stage 10-BANG,” where powerful music and dances are performed to get you excited. The matinee is mainly for small children, and the evening performances include dances and different genres of music, like acoustic music, rock, and jazz.
Pay Attention to “Ohayashi” in the Evening!
Matsuri-bayashi Yatai (stall) standing in Juban Inari Jinja (shrine) on the festival site shows “Ohayashi” performance. Ohayashi is traditional Japanese festival music. You can enjoy the long-time inherited music and dance of Shishimai (lion dance), Edo Kappore (waggish dance) and Ise Ondo (dancing music for Ise).
（Source：Narita Intl Airport）