When I share how I spent that day, first comment I get is “What? St. Patrick’s Festival in Tokyo? Why?!”. Yes, indeed and let me tell you how utterly organised (Japanese style, huh?) and highly enjoyable it is.
The festival is held every year around the Harajuku station in Tokyo. Attendees get to try a portion of toothsome fish & chips, wet their tongue with the finest pint of guinness, learn (or at least watch) Irish traditional dances and listen to a live band who flew right from Ireland! I can tell by Japanese faces – they love it! Queues for such “exotic” food and drinks are endless.
For those demanding, at 1pm o’clock starts the long-awaited parade where Japanese groups of performers march through Omotesando Dori (a street right by the station) and conduct various Irish-themed instrumental demonstrations and dances accompanied by passbyers cheering and applauding.
The atmosphere is great and you know what? It’s a very soothing and warm feeling to be so close to home.
Oh, and don’t forget to wear something green!