Street food, traditional games and performances, plus a Pokemon carnival to boot

From traditional yukata try-outs and Japanese street food to Pikachu dance parades and massive stage performances, the Japan Summer Festival is back for the second year running at the National Stadium this September.

Happening Sep 7-8, the event, held in conjunction with the quarterly Sports Hub Community Play Day, is probably the closest thing we have here in Singapore that resembles the fun and joy that summer matsuris in Japan bring.

Like the 2018 edition, expect a lively atmosphere as over 100 booths offer authentic Japanese food and drink, merchandise and games. We’re especially looking forward to gathering a bunch of street eats—like takoyaki, yakisoba and a bowl of ramen—and enjoying it by the stands, with a cold pint of Asahi in hand.

Look out for performances on the central stage too, where traditional dance, theatrical shows and more will take place throughout the day. Off-stage, a Pokemon carnival and dance parade, as well as a J-Pop fitness dance jam, will spontaneously get you moving to the beat.

Be sure to stay till evening for the much-anticipated climax, the Bon Odori mass dance, led by traditional performers on the main stage. Rent a yukata on-site and make it a truly immersive experience.

The Japan Summer Festival 2019 takes place 12-9pm from Sep 7-8 at the National Stadium. Tickets from $6.