Rin Chupeco

young adult writer

Little Tokyo: Children’s Day Festival

Posted By on April 30, 2013 in 2013, A Day in the Life of Me, Blog | 0 comments

Smack dab in the middle of Makati (unofficial business and financial district of Manila, Philippines) lies this tiny little nook known to food aficionados as Little Tokyo, a jumble of small restaurants and izakayas surrounding a little zen garden. It serves one of the most authentic Japanese cuisines in the country, more so because these small shops are owned by an association of expatriate Japanese chefs who’d made the Philippines their home. Little Tokyo hosts a yearly Children’s Day festival, a national holiday in Japan. ┬áThis year’s festivities comes a week earlier than usual (Children’s Day is normally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month) but that just means I get to wander around sampling Japanese street fare and play Japanese games this month.

Little Tokyo

A balloon-game (called Yoyo Tsuri) where you’ll need to successfully ‘hook’ a balloon floating on water to keep it.

Little Tokyo

Goldfish scooping game (Kingyo Sukui)

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Toys and Japanese candy. Dried squid flavored candy is actually pretty good.

Little Tokyo

Yakitori (skewered meats)

Little Tokyo

I think this is a kind of obanyaki, (a kind of batter cake) with a sweet filling

Little Tokyo

Takoyaki (octopus balls)

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

More seafood on a stick

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Prepared takoyaki

Little Tokyo

Spicy tuna sashimi on a bed of coleslaw with sesame dressing

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

our personal favorite – okonomiyaki (this one’s got shrimp and noodles inside)

Little Tokyo

A very odd panda. All the more odd because this panda suit was on auction during the event

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

And of course, being a Japanese occasion, there’s karaoke.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo

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