Japan Matsuri 2010 is a festival that is held each year to celebrate Japanese culture in all its many wonderful forms.
The Japan festival at the Old Spitalfields Market in Brushfield Street, just off Brick Lane is certainly not something to miss if you like anything from that culture whether it be the martial arts displays, the dance performances, the music, cosplays, spirituality or the food.
The day was vibrant and full of something for all tastes, the stalls were fascinating from items of clothing, shoes, books for learning the language to manga and cosplay patterns. Travel companies were also there and you were free to pick up literature.
The atmosphere was fantastic, so relaxed even though there were thousands there, it was a wonderful September day in all respects and I didn’t want to leave despite being exhausted from walking around all day. For those with less stamina you could go from one stage to the other listening to contemporary music or watching a variety of martial arts being performed on Tatame and then from there with an Asahi beer in hand you could sit and watch the performances given by some very elegant ‘mature’ ladies sing.
There was a cool wall that you could contribute your drawings to and a map of Japan with hundreds of little flags in, these either symbolised where people had visited or where they wanted to go in the future, these had their desires written upon them.
The area is fantastic anyway and Brick Lane being around the corner makes for an interesting day if you have not visited before. Access is extremely easy with a multitude of options from walking to taxi! Liverpool St. is within five minutes walk and Whitechapel is a leisurely 10-15, worth going for the longer route just to walk past all the market stalls.
Don’t miss this if you live in London it will be on again next year!