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How to Enjoy Africa Festival in Shinjuku Chuo Park!

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Did you know that there are festivals where people get to interact with African culture in Japan? You will be stunned with its welcoming and festive atmosphere! Here's how we enjoyed African Festival in Shinjuku Chuo Park that was held on July 15th to 17th, 2017!

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Africa Festival

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Chuo Park is located just around a 10 minute walk from Shinjuku station, or around a 5 minute walk from Nishi Shinjuku station. The entrance which was made by balloon reminded us of a themed park with an inflatable castle!
Africa Festival is hosted by Africa Heritage Committee in Japan, and is aimed to spread and share African culture to people in Japan as well as to support and donate resources for children in less economically developed countries in Africa.
This festival had everything - good food, music and bazars!

Food, music and bazars are all you need.

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As we walked we saw lots of food trucks and food stalls that sell delicious food! They offer various food from different parts of Africa, such as Jerk Chicken, Ethiopian food, and long fried potatoes called "Max Potato"!
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We were intrigued by how delicious Max Potato looked, so we decided to give it a try!
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Look how long these potatoes are! It was super crispy, delicious and satisfying, and we totally loved it!
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They also had so many kinds of beers we can choose from, including beers from Helios Craft Beer, Kenyan beer called Tusker, Lebanese beer called almaza, and more! Perfect for a hot, summer day, we couldn't have appreciated the presence of beer more.
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Good festival comes with good music right? You will be greeted with cheerful performance with Africa's traditional instrument, djembe! You can also enjoy authentic African performances such as band and dance performances.
You also get to interact with African culture through different activities including cooking class, hand-made beads experience, workshop where you can wear traditional clothes, and more!
They also had stores where they sold traditional goods and accessories from Africa! It was very interesting and beyond amazing just to look at these goods.
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On July 15th, they had a parade called African Parade! This is a very fascinating event where African culture and Japanese culture fuse together. You might be wondering, what does that even mean?
At summer festivals in Japan, one of the main events is where people march with Mikoshi (a float shaped like a temple) on their shoulder. So they came up with the African continent themed Mikoshi! They parade in the park along with festive music performed by African performers.

Such a lively and cheerful place to experience African culture!

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We were so happy at the end of the day - we only not just fully enjoyed their food and music but we also learned many things about African culture, and it was such a satisfying experience!

For those of you who have missed it, you can also enjoy Africa Heritage Committee's festival at World Festival, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight Square, on October 14th to 15th, 2017!

If you are interested in what Africa Heritage Committee does and how to get involved, or just wondering where to get more information on Africa Festival in general, check out the link below!
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