Anywhere else in the world it would have been bedlam but with the British sense of fair play meeting up with innate Japanese politeness it was all ultra-civilized. Long, patient queues waited at each food stall and everyone got what they wanted in the end.
On the main stage Rajio Taiso was in full swing. Rajio Taiso means Radio Exercise – it’s a series of gentle exercises broadcast on NHK every day that anyone can join in and do at home – or in Trafalgar Square if that’s where you happen to be.
There was lots more entertainment to come; Samisen players, a Lolita fashion show, traditional Japanese dancing, a singing contest….but for me matsuri is all about the stalls so I went for a tour around to see what I could find.
At the Doki doki stall they were selling dishes and lucky cats.