2008/08/29

Azabu Juban Festival

Azabu Juban is an area in Tokyo where many of the embassies are located- Embassies of Russia, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Taiwan, Norway, Finland, South Korea, Iran, France and Greece, etc.


That is whey they are able to hold this exciting event "Azabu Juban Festival" each year, and I was able to pay a visit with several friends from EDD(English Dinner Party that we've been doing for maybe 10 years now...?).



This year the "international bazaar" section where each of the embassies sells their local cuisine counted 30 booths.



Syria stand with Paella

Syria  boothpaella
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Swedish stand with meat balls

Swedish booth
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Palestinian stand with Palestinian cous cous and samosa

palestine booth
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Turkish stand with Shish kebab

turkey booth
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They also have a section where all the Japanese local cuisine from all over Japan provides the stands. There were 45 of them this year.



Ayu

ayu
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Kiritanpo

Akita kiritanpo
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Beef

beef
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They even had Don Perignon tower :)

Don Perignon tower
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After walking around for a while, we went to Le Petit Tonneau, a French restaurant with an excellent view of the center of Azabu Juban.

view from Le Petit Tonneau
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If you are around in Tokyo during summer next year, make sure you try it out. It's a lot of fun. They have food booths, merchandise booth, live performances, etc. It's huge and crowded- 400,000-500,000 people comes in 3 days.

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