Sunshine and noodles at Matsuri in Trafalgar Square

Japan Matsuri lanternsToday Japan Matsuri took over Trafalgar Square and turned it into a Japanese street festival. I got there just about lunchtime to find the food stalls in full swing, serving as fast as they could go.

Japan Matsuri food stallJapan Matsuri foodJapan Matsuri food stallJapan Matsuri food stallAnywhere 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.

Japan Matsuri food stallJapan Matsuri ramen eatersOn 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.

Japan Matsuri rajio taisoThere 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.

Japan Matsuri dishesJapan Matsuri lucky catsNext door at Minamoto kitchoan they had Japanese sweets.

Japan Matsuri sweetsUp on the terrace in front of the National Gallery I found yukata (cotton robes for summer) and fabric bags.

Japan Matsuri yukata and bagsBack in the square they were selling snacks and treats.

Japan Matsuri snacksJapan Matsuri snacksand all around, everywhere you looked there were people eating and laughing and dressing up and generally having a whale of  time – especially the kids.

Japan Matsuri people

Japan Matsuri people

Japan Matsuri people

Japan Matsuri people

Japan Matsuri people

Japan Matsuri peopleSo see you there next year then?

 

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