The Massive Japanese Food Fair You Don’t Want to Miss: Furusato Matsuri in Tokyo

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02 October, 2019

The Massive Japanese Food Fair You Don’t Want to Miss: Furusato Matsuri in Tokyo

Furusato Matsuri roughly translates as “the festival of the hometowns” and it’s a massive – we’re talking a huge indoor 28 acre stadium – food fair that features regional Japanese food from all of Japan, conveniently located in the center of Tokyo. It’s been held in Tokyo Dome for the last eight years and for the ninth iteration, Mike and I went! They usually hold the festival in January and we were lucky enough to somehow know about it and be there at the right time. In 2018, for the 10th anniversary, it’s going to be from January 12th – 21st, so if you want to plan your trip now, you have plenty of time.



Have you ever been to those taste of [insert city name here] things in your own town? There are a bunch of booths with different samples/foods you can buy? That’s essentially what Furusato Matsuri is. They have all of the different prefectures with the foods that they’re known for. Japan is obsessed with meibutsu, what they call local specialties, and at the fair you can try as many meibutsu as your stomach can handle.



We ate:



 



Furusato Matsuri



 



Yuki-ichigo: fluffy shaved frozen strawberries and condensed milk. This was a take on kakigori (Japanese shaved ice) minus the ice because it was essentially frozen shaved strawberries topped off with a generous drizzle of condensed milk. It was sweet, creamy,