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Discovering Thailands best – Thai Festival 2016 in Tokyo

Japanese people love Thailand immensely. Thailand is one of the most popular vacation destinations from Japan.Thai FestivalMango, beer, ice-cream with exotic flavors, gapao rice, and carved watermelons… All this, along with Thai dancers and the famous massage at the Thai Festival reminds of sunny beaches and long-awaited vacations.Thai FestivalThai FestivalThai FestivalNaturally, the Thai Festival in Yoyogi Park is one of the most anticipated festivals for many people. That’s why it is always packed and it is very difficult to get around. Once you get into the live stream of people, you just follow it.Thai Festival

At the main stage I saw a performance of Miss Thailand and the runners-up. All the girls were beautiful and wore colorful costumes.Thai FestivalThe performances at the mini stage in the Thai Village were given by students of the College of Dramatic Arts.Thai FestivalThai FestivalMy attention was caught by a display of the famous Thai silk with a full explanation of the making process.Thai FestivalThai FestivalAmong the free workshops available for visitors were: creating floating flower candles (rose and lotus), traditional wooden masks, and coloring cloth and paper with natural indigo dye. Although there is a similar technique in Thailand, this workshop was held by Japanese people.Thai FestivalThai FestivalThai FestivalThai FestivalThai FestivalFor a fee, people could also participate in a soap-carving workshop. In front of the booth there were these intricately carved fruits and vegetables!Thai FestivalIt was a bit disappointing (but very predictable) that the official languages of the Thai Festival in Japan were only Thai and Japanese. However, the absence of English information wasn’t an obstacle for many foreign people to enjoy last weekend at the Thai Festival in Yoyogi Park. And a schedule of performances on the main stage was in Japanese and English!Thai FestivalThai Festival

Information

Thai Festival 2016 (05/14 – 05/15)

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya Ward, Jinnan 2-chome Yoyogi Park Event Square

Access 1: 3 min. walk from Harajuku Station, Omotesando Exit

Access 2: 3 min. walk from Yoyogi Koen St.

Official website (only in Japanese): http://www.thaifestival.jp/jp/

Distance from airport: About 18 km from Narita Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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