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Finally!! Minato City World Carnival 2017

The “Minato City World Carnival 2017” took place on the 26th of March 2017.
In an earlier article, I have already written about this international event of the Minato district in Tokyo, which lasts more than 3.5 months. The event that took place last weekend was the closing event of the event series. Unfortunately, it rained, …but the mood was great!

Minato City World Carnival 2017

At the opening ceremony (at 10 am)

“Minato City World Carnival 2017” took place at the foot of the Tokyo Tower. On the side of the main entrance were tents of the various embassies located in Minato City, and on the other side (on top of the hill) were other tents of embassies and food tents. Yay!!

Minato City World Carnival 2017

Although it was a rainy day, quite a lot of people were strolling around the tents

There was also a stage with international dance performances and a kimono show.

Minato City World Carnival 2017

Last year in fall, there was a similar festival at the Tokyo Tower. I still remember that the food at that festival was also great. There are over 80 foreign embassies in the Minato district. This is the reason why you will find restaurants with different foods from all over the world. At festivals like this, you realize how international the district is.

Minato City World Carnival 2017

Minato City World Carnival 2017

At the sight of the delicious food my mouth started watering…

My two friends and I went straight to the Moroccan food tent and bought a chicken skewer, fried spring rolls with minced meat filling and 3 types of biscuits. Everything tasted delicious! The food was quite different from Japanese food: it was spicy and really tasty! Also, the biscuits tasted like homemade cookies (they probably were homemade). My Chinese girlfriend Hana and I both said: “Wow! That tastes like home!” ^^

Minato City World Carnival 2017

The Moroccan food: everything tasted delicious.

A highlight of the “Minato City World Carnival 2017” is the lottery. Depending on how many stamps you have collected at the embassies that are located in the Minato district within 3.5 months, you can try your luck (5 stamps = 1 time). At the lottery, you can win different, fun prizes. You can also take part depending on how many “world cards” you have collected through making purchases at certain shops or dining at restaurants (5 cards = 1 time).

Also, everyone who participated in a quiz on the event homepage could try their luck. For those who visited only the “World Carnival” event, you could participate in the lottery by taking a picture with a cute Instagram panel.

Minato City World Carnival 2017

All of us won something!!

All three of us won something! Hana and Yena won a Brazilian music DVD. I got a T-shirt and a cap with the flag of Mozambique (and as a consolation price also cotton swabs … nice, that was just what I needed!)

Wolrd Carnival

Yay!!!

Also, the tents of the embassies were great! If you have the courage to talk with the representatives of the embassies, it is really fun. In the tent of Uzbekistan, we were allowed to wear traditional clothes. In the tent of the Philippines, Yena bought jewelry and got coconut oil as a gift. In the tent of Nigeria, we all fell in love with a super cute skirt made of a patterned fabric.

Minato City World Carnival 2017

At the tent of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – my most favorite tent this time 😉

Also, the tents of the embassies were great! If you have the courage to talk with the representatives of the embassies, it is really fun. In the tent of Uzbekistan, we were allowed to wear traditional clothes. In the tent of the Philippines, Yena bought jewelry and got coconut oil as a gift. In the tent of Nigeria, we all fell in love with a super cute skirt made of a patterned fabric.

I also bought something: a necklace with a pendant in the shape of Africa. How cool is that?
When I bought the necklace, a Japanese woman came up to me and asked me where I came from. I said, “I’m from Germany.” She said: “You are from Germany? That’s great! I used to work for a German company. ” I did not imagine I would meet someone in the Nigerian tent who had worked for a German company. What a coincidence! …The woman decided to buy the same necklace.

Minato City World Carnival 2017

Greetings from the tent of the Republic of Uzbekistan

I met people from many countries of the world, talked to them, laughed a lot, had great food, bought cute accessories and went home really happy and satisfied.

An experience like that can only be made in Tokyo in the Minato district …

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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