Omotesando and Matsuri Experience

The BentoLingo team travelled to Tokyo to attend the Tech in Asia Conference. Exciting as it already sounds, the team made the most of their visit to Tokyo and collected their experiences to use them in the language courses to give the learner the taste of authenticity of the Japanese culture and traditions.

Japan as we know is a country of rich cultural heritage as well as the hub of modern technology. So as the team walked around exploring the city of Tokyo, they experienced modern neighborhoods with posh shopping arcades, highly advanced tech gadgets and other technological wonders and also chanced upon some traditional flavors of Japan. One of such exciting avenues was Omotesando in the Shibuya area of Tokyo.

This road is a classic example of Japan’s old meets new. Traditionally, this road was created in the Taisho era as the frontal entrance to the Meiji Shrine and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. Omotesando literally means front entrance in Japanese where Omote is for front and Sando translates to approach.

Lined by the ornamental Japanese elm or keyaki, the road makes for a perfect setting for the posh locale that it has transformed itself into since the old Taisho era. The road is studded with multitude of luxury lines, high street fashion and flagship stores such as Chanel, Burberry, Zara. However, among these modern elements, what the team witnessed next was something traditional, ancient and exotic for foreigners.

Matsuri or festival are a beautiful sight in Japan. The most prominent part of a matsuri procession is the Mikoshi or the elaborate float which is usually decorated and people sing and dance around it in celebration. The matsuri spotted by the BentoLingo team was for good harvest. It was quite a unique experience watching the parade with men and women dressed in saffron clothes, singing and dancing around the Mikoshi.

Matsuris are sometimes based around temples and shrines and the Meiji Shrine being close to the Omotesando area, it could be assumed that they were from the Meiji shrine. However, matsuris can also be arranged by people from the same neighbourhood or machis sometimes. Hence, although it is most likely that this matsuri was from the Meiji Shrine, but it could also be a local matsuri arranged by the people of the nearby neighborhood.

Usually somewhere near the matsuri parade area there are food and entertainment stalls which the BentoLingo team enjoyed exploring on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Some famous matsuris of Japan are Aoi held in Kyoto, Kanda in Tokyo, AwaOdori in Tokushima and Tenjin in Osaka. It is highly recommended to experience such a happy and joyous celebration at least once while visiting Japan.

Post the joyous matsuri experience, the BentoLingo team were off to the nearby Harajuku area to buy bentoboxes for the booth visitors at‘Tech in Asia’. Yes, since BentoLingo is inspired by the concept of a Japanese bentobox, the team decided to present bentoboxes with language information to all the visitors.

 

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