The Most Epic Food Festival – Furusato Matsuri

Konijiwa from Tokyo!  It’s been two full weeks since I arrived in Tokyo and I am loving it (aside from the cold winter weather).  There are so many things to share with you, I don’t know where to start.  Food?  Sights?  Embarrassing incidents?  I am going to keep the latter topic for later because I want to actually illustrate those “special” moments.

Let’s start with food. Tokyo has been very good to my belly.  You can find every type of cuisine in Tokyo, from Indian to Italian to Singaporean.  For this trip, my goal is to sample as many types of Japanese food as I can.  From ramen to soba, sushi to sashimi, onigiri to donburi, mochi to dorayaki, bento (lunch set) to kaiseki (multi-course meal), if it’s Japanese, hitotsu onegari! (one please)

Yesterday was a glorious day.  I went to the most epic food festival  Furusato Matsuri (ふるさと祭り).  This year, the festival is held in the Tokyo Dome where you can find food, snacks and beverages from all over Japan.  I literally stuffed my belly twice over because everything was sooooo appetizing.  One thing that I really like about this event is that every hour there is a stage performance on the other side of the dome so you can eat your heart out, go watch some performance to let the food digest and then go back to the food stalls for another round.  Here are photos hot off the press!Let the feast begin! And you can’t forget dessert!

These are just some of the food we had!!!  We were so busy eating, we didn’t take photos of all the food we ate like wide udon drizzled in cream sauce, chestnut mochi, dango (mini mochi on a skewer), nagaimo rice, and a flight of Hokkaido beer!  Good times, good times 

With four more weeks in Tokyo, I am determined to make the best of my weekends (plan them around food of course!)  My top priorities are traditional Japanese desserts because ever since I watched “Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman” on Neflix, I have beconme obsessed with Japanese desserts.  If you like sweets, even just a little bit, this show will make you want to travel to Japan and sugar up  !

Gochisosama deshita (What a feast!)  That’s a wrap, stay tuned for more of my Tokyo adventures.

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