The rain didn’t stop us participating in a rural “festival” at Heisei No Mori Park in Kawajima Town. The event is called a festival in Japanese, but in reality it is more like what we call a fair or fête in Ireland. There were stalls selling local produce, a lottery stand, a games corner and a stage set up for performances. It was interesting to find a Turkish vendor there, selling kebabs and Dondurma; Turkish style ice cream, pictured below. Another surprising find was that a well known toy collector had a stand set up. We struck up a conversation with the head honcho, who very kindly advised us on a sound investment of a 1970′s Tomica with box and brochure included. Supposedly, it will more than triple its value before my son’s 21st birthday!
The festival at Heisei No Mori park is held every year in November. It starts at 9am and usually runs to about 2pm. The main stalls are food vendors. What I liked about the festival is that the stalls are all set up around the park’s main playground. The kids could play in my line of sight, while I browsed the various stalls. It is a small fair, but it is friendly and fun with a few freebies to boot!