The Japanese enjoy coming together as family, friends or a community. They place a certain kind of importance on social gatherings and because of this are known for their many different festivals they have throughout the year. There in generally a different festival taking place in Japan at least once a month and they often center around food, because food is also a very important part of Japanese culture. Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Japan be sure to check out one of their many festivals. We have listed a few of our favorite you should be on the lookout for.
Japanese Food Festivals
- Oyster Festival- This oyster festival is held in February on the small island of Miyajima off the cost of Hiroshima. Oysters are one of Japan’s most popular foods with oyster season being January thru March. At this festival you will find dishes such as oyster udon, raw oysters and oyster nabe. There are also live performances and old folk tales that are being told. Definitely an oyster lovers delight.
- Hokkaido Food Festival- You can find this high quality seafood festival in Yoyogi Park. It is a free entry event and showcases such seafood as octopus, shimp, scallops, herring and other types of fish. There are beer booths set up that offer beer flights and feature Japan’s most popular beer Sapporo. If you are not a seafood lover they also offer up dishes made with chicken or pork and soft serve dessert made with fresh milk. Take a stroll around enjoy the delicious food and beer and have a great time.
- Takao Nabe- This festival is based around nabe traditional Japanese stew. The stew usually includes a type of meat, tofu, bamboo shoots as well as other vegetables and ingredients. The festival takes place in January and is found in Toyama Prefecture.
- Mochitsuki Festival- This Japanese festival is devoted to mochi, a sweet, sticky dessert made from red bean paste. Mochitsuki festivals can be found all around Japan throughout different neighborhoods and communities. It is a traditional festival that is held to help celebrate the beginning of the new year.
These are just some of the many festivals that can be found throughout Japan all year round. With the cultures appreciation of togetherness and delicious food there is sure to be a festival for everyone to enjoy. Being that festivals happen throughout the entire year there is always one for you to visit and be part of should you ever visit Japan. These different festivals also give you the chance to try your hand and taste buds at an abundance of different tasty Japanese dishes!