Tokyo celebrates almost all countries and cultures around the world, and Ireland is no exception. Yesterday, the city revered St. Patrick and the Irish with a parade down Harajuku’s Otomesando Dori. Irish Network Japan, or INJ, started organizing this parade in 1992, and it’s been going strong ever since. Honestly, when we showed up it didn’t look like much (maybe we got there too early). But I was very pleasantly surprised. The parade featured dancers, twirlers, bands, and fans. And it was a lot of fun. People came covered head to toe in their best green attire and accessories and enthusiastically lined the street to watch, listen and wave to the parade participants. While not as extravagant as parades in New York and Boston, it was lively and entertaining. It wasn’t overly crowded and didn’t last all day (both big pluses in my book). All in all, a fantastic way to remember and honor the patron saint of Ireland. And then, go shopping after. 😀
For information on next year’s parade, check the INJ website.