My family and I went to the Nishitokyo Citizens Festival.
The grand parade started at Hibarigaoka station (The Seibu Ikebukuro Line) at 10 o’clock. The Tokyo Fire Department’s brass band led the parade and was followed by various citizen’s organizations. People on both side of street watched with great joy. The photos I took are below.
The goal of the parade was ‘Nishitokyo Ikoinomori Park’. There were various events. One of the most impressive events was juggling performed by Mr. Ryo Yabe who is the World Champion of juggling. What a world class technique it was. It does not compare to my juggling beanbags. Ha ha ha. It was very convincing that he had his own stage at Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, US.
Speaking of festival, there were variety of shops with full of delicious food such as Yakisoba, Toriyaki, soup, and cottom candy. I eat it all more than I can chew.
So many people gathered, it seemed the entire 200,000 Nishitokyo citizens were there.
At noon at the main stage of park, Nishitokyo mayor made a speech. We had a guest, mayor of Shimogo town, Minamiaizu, Fukushima Prefecture which sister is. In his speech, he gave thanks for our help when they had hard time after the great earthquake hit Japan on 11th March 2011. I felt the bond of both towns even though they are far away.
It is hard to wait till the next festival in Nishitokyo city. You should come over too!
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