Japan comes to Spitalfields
I think that you may have gathered from previous posts that I have an interest in things Japanese. What a surprise to find that in September, in Spitalfields Market (East London) opposite my studio, there will be a daylong event devoted to both the traditional and more contemporary aspects of Japan in the form of a ‘matsuri‘; the Japanese word for festival. Click here to see just how spectacular it was.
I made my first visit to Japan last year and at the same time had my first experience of ‘o-matsuri’ in an area of Tokyo called Azabu Juban. A really vibrant street festival with food, dancing, and everyone dressed in their summer yukatas. The perfect way to blow away the jet lag. I remember the air being heavy with the summer heat and eating flavoured crushed ice (kakigoori) to keep cool, and munching on octopus balls and grilled fish with a sip or two of sake.
It looks as if this could be a date for your diary. Check out the website. Japan Matsuri
I can’t wait for my next trip.
Image: thanks to Shimei Okumura