There are many famous festivals all over Japan: the Gion Festival in Kyoto, the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, and Omizutori in Nara are just a few examples. But there are also many events held for and by locals, sampling local delicacies and featuring shows by children from nearby schools.
The food festival here in Musashi-Kosugi had food from local restaurants and some dancing by kids. Thankfully it didn’t rain today (yesterday was freezing and sleety, so many people were worried it would have to be cancelled.)
The guys working at the stalls were super energetic; they were constantly yelling “WELCOME, WELCOME! COME HAVE SOME SPICY GYOZA, IT’S THE BEST!” So I got some spicy gyoza. Ken bought some pork, and it was so succulent and perfectly cooked!
There was a lot more available too, like sausages, Indian curry, meat and tofu, and fried rice. Beer was sold, too, of course. The festival was small but had a happy, enthusiastic atmosphere.
Sometimes the little festivals are just as fun as the super hyped famous ones. Try a local festival sometime next time you hit a local area – you might be pleasantly surprised!