Every year, Kawasaki city holds a Citizens’ Festival (市民祭り – shiminmatsuri) which is a lot of fun. Besides the usual festival food there’s all kinds of stalls with everything from homemade pottery to Romanian wine. And pretty awful high-school rock bands. This year we took part in a green tea tasting event which showed how much the temperature of the water can affect the taste (it really does). About 500,000 people turn out over the three days (it’s also at the tail end of the typhoon season so does get cancelled on occasion!).
There’s also a big parade which winds up the road in front of the festival: