Come one, come all to the second annual Japan Street Carnival. The Cool Japan-themed event, part of a month-long celebration, is taking over Lan Kwai Fong on 10-11 November, from 1pm until late.
This two-day extravaganza brings the coolest elements of Japan straight to Lan Kwai Fong, with authentic Japanese food and drinks, traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, show-stopping entertainment and more. Over 40 different booths will set up shop, turning Hong Kong’s favourite district into a beautiful Japanese Matsuri Market, showcasing the best of the best from Japan’s prefectures. Make sure to arrive early to make the most of all the incredible activities.
Excited? Now read on to find our top highlights you can’t miss.
Lan Kwai Fong wants to help you fully immerse in their Japanese wonderland, so they’re inviting guests to try on beautiful Yukata, a lightweight kimono, at booths D5-6. But that’s not all, make sure you look your very best with professional, on-site hairstyling and face painting.
The Photo Opportunities
Now that you’ve had your hair and makeup done by the pros, the only thing to do is make sure you take lots of adorable photos. TAMA and FRIENDS, Japan’s favourite cats, will be prowling the carnival— so grab a selfie. There will also be an enormous illuminated lantern that you can’t miss. Known as a nebuta, it’s a traditional part of an Aomori Prefecture summer festival.
A feast for the senses, the signature street parade features taiko drums, Matsuri dancers, live bands, interactive shows and so much more. TAMA and FRIENDS will be walking in the parade, and you can win some cute surprises.
Japanese Beer and Cocktails
If all the festivities are getting you parched, grab a deliciously refreshing Orion Beer from booth B11. One of the top five breweries in Japan, they’ve been in business for over 60 years! Their draft beer is the perfect thing to sip on all afternoon long. If you prefer something sweeter, they’re also mixing up some cocktails, like the Orion Raspberry combination that we can’t wait to try.
It wouldn’t be a true Japanese carnival without some live dancing. Don’t miss the Tokushima Awa Dance, a traditional performance with over 400 years of history behind it. If you loved the dancing (hint: you will), stop by booths B13-14 to try popular dishes and sake from the Tokushima region.
Games for Foodies
The carnival will be a dazzling mashup of fashion, culture, drinks and food, but there will also be tons of interactive games. So, step right up to booth B9 and challenge the Watami team to one of their games. You could win any number of prizes, from farm-fresh juices to restaurant vouchers. Hope you’re feeling lucky!
Think you know shochu? Think again. Even if you’ve been hitting up all the best shochu spots in town, there’s always more to learn. Stop by Japan Sake And Shochu Makers Association at booths B4-6 to try some of Japan’s best shochu. Make sure to ask about the special brewing processes – and then reward yourself with a bottle or two.
Games for Everyone
Head to the SOMPO Booth B7 for a chance to win one of their many adorable prizes. There’s a very cute “Japanda” panda doll, Japanese snacks, and a few Hong Kong-related treasures too. Come early, before they run out! You can also take pictures with the SOMPO ambassadors in yukata!
A Discovery of Drinks
Japan’s favourite drink may be sake, but there are so many more delicious spirits to try, from plum wine to shochu. Each one is made a little bit differently, and it’s worth trying as many as you can to find a favourite. iichiko at Booth A2 is a great place to continue your exploring.
Limited Edition LKF Goodies
Wanna get this exclusive limited edition LKF Octopus Card and our newly released LKF leather card holder?
Here’s the way:
1. Spend over HK$1,500 at FUMI/Kyoto Joe/Porterhouse/Tokio Joe
2. Bring your receipts to LKF Group Booth D3 at Cool Japan Street Carnival
3. Purchase LKF leather card holder at HK$250 to receive a complimentary LKF Octopus Card
Come get it while stocks last!
*offer only applies on 10th-11th Nov, 2018.
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