Roy’s mom came to visit us for Golden Week, but sadly she missed all the sakura action only a few weeks prior. Luckily Roy found a wisteria festival that was happening in Kameido! The crowds, booths, and wonderful scenery was a good way to experience a taste of what we went through during sakura season.
We were greeted with a massive pond with several different ways to navigate the area. Most of the crowds were concentrated in the center, so we wound our way around the outer perimeters.
One thing I didn’t expect to see were all the turtles! I would like to think that they were the ones who hosted the festival for the public. I may have taken more pictures of them than the actual flowers.
I love looking at all the food stalls at a festival. Roy and his mom got some yakitori which some drunk old people explained to them how to enjoy (“eat while hot” + “add some shichimin to it”).
The area outside of the shrine area was fun to explore as well – streets were closed off for shoppers to wander around, with numerous back alleys hiding various hole-in-the-wall restaurants. If you missed the sakura season but still happen to be in Japan for springtime, then definitely give Kameido a visit! The turtles are waiting for you.