Japan Matsuri 2014

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Japan Matsuri is an event celebrating Japanese culture that takes place every September in London and is free!

japan matsuri 2014 by nicolette smith

I’d been before when it was at Spitalfields Market but it was very different held in Trafalgar Square. It was extremely busy – the queues for the food stalls were crazy long! – and there was a lot more entertainment.

japan matsuri 2014 by nicolette smith

I really wanted to see the mascots but I also enjoyed the Radio Taiso exercises (just like Animal Crossing!), the Japanese dancing and the dog show.

japan matsuri 2014 by nicolette smith

After a delicious pumpkin croquette and some mango shaved ice, I had a quick browse of the stalls and bought a Kumamon badge from the CharaZOO stall. Then it was time for the mascots!

japan matsuri 2014 by nicolette smith
japan matsuri 2014 by nicolette smith

It was so exciting to see the Japanese mascots in real life. They had five including the famous black bear, Kumamon. He wasn’t the cutest one there but he was certainly the most entertaining! All the mascots were introduced then did a dance to their own theme song. They were definitely the highlight of the day for me.

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