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Japan Festival at Boston City Hall Plaza - Free!


Dear Boston Culture Lovers,

Before we head into the festival, let's meet at the Starbucks at the Steaming Kettle at 1pm (63 Court St).  This is the Starbucks with a giant, golden and steaming tea kettle hung over the front entrance. ( It is located next to the Government MBTA T stop.

After 20 minutes, we will walk as a group into the festival.

If you are late, I can not guarantee that you will be able to recognize members of the group for this will be a roaming, mix and mingle event. So please do your best to be on-time so you will not miss out in joining the group.

I look forward to enjoying this event with you.



Festival Details


The second annual Haru Matsuri (Spring Festival in Japanese) will be held at Boston City Hall Plaza this year. Exhibits/Show/Venders will include food booths (approx. 34), non-food booths (approx. 80) and stage performances. Last year over 13,000 people showed up in Coply Sq so this year we got the larger space at Boston City Hall. Food tickets were sold out by 11 am last year - so we try to get there 10 am this year.


Music Schedule: Junko Ogawa Folk Music、R&B Videri String Quartet String Quartet Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble Gagaku, Dance Mai’s Kidd Dance POP Dance Yusa Band JPOP Band Rion Takada JPOP Band Sihngo Hirashima JPOP Band

For this year's schedule on the website is still cooking so we can get some ideas from last year:

Stage Performances

• Chorus performing Japanese traditional songs • Kids’ dances
• Classical vocal performance • Traditional Japanese dances (Soran-Bushi and Kabuki)
• Martial arts • Storytelling with folk harp accompaniment
• Biwa (Japanese lute) solo • Japanese pop band

Food Booths

Enjoy Japanese traditional and festival foods!• Yakisoba (fried noodles)• Okonomiyaki (Japanese-style pancake)• Ramune (Japanese soda) and Tea• Cold Udon noodles with toppings• Ukon spice drink • Beef bowl with rice• Cotton candy・Green tea ice cream• Riceballs• Ramen• Roasted corn• Curry rice・Udon noodles• Sculpted sugar candy • Grilled squid/clams• Stewed tripe soup• Dessert mochi (rice cake)


Subway(T): Take the MBTA Green or Blue line to Government Center station. Or take Orange or Blue line to State Street station. From the Red line, transfer at Park Street station to Green towards Lechmere. The 92 and 93 buses also stop outside City Hall on Congress Street.

By car: Street parking downtown is extremely limited, though a few parking meters are nearby on Union Street and on Cambridge Street. There is no public parking in City Hall itself, but there are several commercial parking garages within walking distance. We don’t endorse any specific garage but provide the following link to google maps as a reference for convenience. Please do your own research to find a parking lot that best suits your needs.

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  • Nathalie

    Hey Joana, I'll be there at the teapot at 1pm.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Joana

    I know a lot of people reserved a long time ago. So I know who to expect please leave a comment here to reconfirm your attendance. If you are no longer able to attend, please adjust your reservation. Thank you!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Joana

    I know that some people want to attend this festival earlier. I suggest that you come earlier and then meet the group at Starbucks at 1pm and then you can rejoin the festival with the group. I may do this myself. This way you can both enjoy the festival on your own and then with the group.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My best friend just sent me her info about her graduation, sorry I can't make this!

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    April 24, 2013

  • Theresa H

    Great idea, Joana - thanks for organizing! Says above that food tickets were sold out by 11:00, so I may plan to get there earlier to score some food tickets.

    April 24, 2013

  • Joana

    Let me know if you like to start this event a little earlier, at 12noon? This festival is from 10am to 6pm.
    Usually the morning events are more geared for children.
    Let me know if there is a preference to meet earlier.

    April 24, 2013

  • Natalia

    Hi, I'm Natalia. I'll like to meet with new people and hope to find new friends. I love cultural events in Boston.

    April 24, 2013

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