While traveling in the vast and fast-moving metropolitan city of Tokyo, there are pockets of greenery in the form of sprawling parks which allow city dwellers time and space to bask in the beauty and tranquility of nature. If you are planning to be in Tokyo this October 2017, how about checking out this autumn festival taking place at Yoyogi Park which is said to offer you an experience of the organic and ecological lifestyle?
This festival titled, “earth garden Aki 2017 Yoyogi Craft Fair,” is organized by the event company, earth garden, which describes itself as an event production company specializing in organic and ecological events. Following the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, it is increasingly becoming a trend in Japan to review lifestyles so as to reduce the reliance on nuclear power and treat the environment with more care and respect. As the company identifies with these values, it has set out to organize events based on the principles of an organic and ecological lifestyle along with its work partners on a regular basis.
This community festival will be taking place at Yoyogi Park this autumn on October 28 and 29, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM on Saturday and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. With the support of the Ministry of the Environment and the governments of Tokyo and Shibuya Ward, this event which is free of charge and open to all will be held regardless of the weather conditions.
As the theme of this edition of the festival is “craft fair,” there will be many stalls featuring various arts and crafts lined up along the row of Japanese zelkova trees in the park.
For those who need to grab a bite or some drinks, rest assured that there will be some food and beverage stalls within the festival grounds, too. Unlike other festivals that use disposable cutlery and tableware, this festival features reusable ones in line with its theme of being an environmentally friendly event. For every dish or drink you purchase, an extra 100 yen will be charged. Upon finishing your food or drink, simply return the tableware to the “Reuse” booth where you can get a 50 yen refund on each item you have used. If you have your own tableware, you are encouraged to bring that along so that you won’t have to pay the extra 100 yen charge when purchasing food and drinks.
At the outdoor stage, there will be a concert titled, “STAGE FOR FUTURE,” held on both days of the festival featuring various artists aimed at creating awareness and inspiring people to relook at their lifestyles and play a more active role in changing the current situation. For a complete list of the performing artists and their information, please visit this page (Japanese only).
After the sun sets, don’t be in a hurry to leave the park as the festival grounds will be lit by candlelight which will allow you to literally see Yoyogi Park in a different light.
Based on past years’ festival attendance numbers of about 80,000 people, it is not difficult to imagine the festival’s popularity. In view of the expected high turnout and the event’s policy of reducing its carbon footprint, you are encouraged to take public transport rather than drive to the venue.
There are four train stations near Yoyogi Park so you may wish to choose the option most suitable for you:
- JR Harajuku Station (JR原宿駅) – 3-minute walk
- Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Yoyogi-koen Station (東京メトロ千代田線代々木公園駅) – 3-minute walk
- Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Fukutoshin Line Meiji-jingumae Station (東京メトロ千代田線副都心線明治神宮前駅) – 3-minute walk
- Odakyu Odawara Line Yoyogi-Hachiman Station (小田急線代々木八幡) – 6-minute walk
If you identify with the ideals of this festival or want to experience a different type of festival while in Japan, how about including this in your itinerary and do your part for the environment while having fun?
earth garden Aki 2017 Yoyogi Craft Fair Website *Japanese only