2013 Yoyogi Park (代々木公園 Yoyogi kōen) is a great place to spend the summer. It`s one of the largest parks in Tokyo and accessible via Harajuku and Shibuya Stations. It`s also located next to NHK Studio Park – part of the NHK Broadcasting Center. It`s a popular spot for picnicking and is always bustling with festivals and events. Here is a list of the best summer festivals at Yoyogi Park this summer 2013. Enjoy!
May 18-19: One Love Jamaica Festival
May 25-26: Okinawa Festival
July 13-14: Japan Indonesia Friendship Festival
July 20-21: Brazil Festival
July 27-28: Thailand Fair
Sept. 21-22: Sri Lanka Festival
Sept. 28-29: Namaste India Festival
Yoyogi Park history via Wikipedia:
Yoyogi Park stands on the site from where the first successful powered aircraft flight in Japan took place by Captain Yoshitoshi Tokugawa on 19 December 1910. The area later became an army parade ground. From September 1945, the site housed the military barracks known as the “Washington Heights” for U.S. officers during the Allied occupation of Japan.
In 1964, the area was used for the Tokyo Olympics housing the main athletes village and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The distinctive building, which was designed by Kenzo Tange, hosted the swimming and diving, with an annex for the basketball. In 1967 most of the area north of the gymnasium complex and south of Meiji Shrine was turned into Yoyogi Park.
The park remains a popular Tokyo destination. On Sundays, it is especially busy when it is used as a gathering place for Japanese rock music fans. In spring, thousands of people visit the park to enjoy the cherry blossom during hanami. The landscaped park has picnic areas, bike paths, cycle rentals and public sport courts. Tokyo’s failed bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics included a proposal to redevelop Yoyogi Park. A new volleyball arena was to be built west of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It would have replaced an existing soccer field and athletic field. The arena would have remained after the Olympics as a multiple use venue. In Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics bid, Yoyogi National Gymnasium is the proposed venue for handball events.
Yoyogi Park Summer Festivals
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