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Hometown Festival Part 1

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Published on 03.31.2016 Held in Tokyo Dome annually since 2009, Furusato Matsuri is a 10-day event that typically takes place during January. Translated as “Festival of Home Towns”, many prefectures throughout Japan take place in the event by showcasing the best aspects of the prefecture in enticing Tokyoites’ curiosity in regional food and culture. This is a place where visitors can travel from Japan’s northernmost point in Hokkaido down to Kyushu in a matter of minutes, without even buying a train ticket.
Since its beginning the number of visitors have been steadily increasing. In 2013 there were 380,000 visitors to the event, while the figure jumped to 410,000 the following year. Tokyo Dome’s 5-hectare (or 50,000 square metre) area is taken up with innumerable stalls selling anything from souvenirs to food stuffs, while the stage is abundant with cultural performances. The dome, usually home to baseball matches, comes alive with bustling colours of performers and sellers in regional traditional costumes, the sound of traditional performances and excited visitors ready to try something new. The performances are the real thing- with large-scale recreations of regional festivals, accompanied with music and dance, dazzling visitors with most exciting aspects of each prefecture.
The food here is a must-try. Like other East Asian countries, Japanese prefectures use their local delicacies to attract visitors. Part of the fun in travelling around Japan includes trying new foods that may not be found elsewhere, and if they are, the original place still makes it best. With 47 prefectures across the country and each prefecture showcasing more than one local delicacy, visitors are bound to find foods they had not tried before. Thus, this is a delicious chance to treat your taste buds to something new and find a new favourite. While on the topic of food, one of the highlights of the festival is the National Donburi Championship, whereby visitors will get a chance to explore the local mouth-watering donburi and vote for their favourite one. Whoever gets the most votes becomes the grand champion of the donburi. So don’t miss the chance to vote for your favourite donburi (and perhaps find a new place you would like to visit) and enjoy this lively festival.

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Dates: 7-15 January 2017 (different every year, check on website)
Address: Tokyo Dome, 1-3-61 Koraku Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Admission: around ¥1000 for weekdays, ¥1500 for weekends (visitors need to pay separately for foods or items they purchase)
Official website: www.tokyo-dome.co.jp/furusato/

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