In Akabane, a downtown area located in the north of Tokyo, a lively festival is held every April. The name of the festival is “Akabane Baka Matsuri(All Fool’s Festival)”. It is associated with April Fool’s Day and has been carried out annually since 1956.
If you come to Akabane Station to the opening day of the festival, there are many people gathered in the square in front of the station. Akabane is the town where shady adults gather and drink alcohol from the morning, but during the festival there are too many people drinking alcohol and many intoxicated people can be seen wandering the streets.
In a large parade that livens up the atmosphere of the festival, you can enjoy a great marching band performance in perfect order by the new religious sect “Soka Gakkai”, with the tricolor flag, the symbol of the cult, fluttering in the city. Soka Gakkai spread their religion to mainly people living in poor downtown areas after WWII and became the largest cult in Japan.
The protagonists of the parade are an elderly couple dressed in shockingly pink, flashy costumes in an open car. They are famous comedians called “Hayashiya Phe & Parko”. They lived in Akabane for over 35 years and they are superstars that represent Akabane.
When the parade is over, many costume dancers walk along with the music in front of Akabane Station. The stage is handmade in the back of a truck and considered Akabane style.
Filipino women who work in snack pubs in Akabane also dance on this day beyond the walls of nationality and language. On this day anything is OK, for it is Akabane All Fool’s Festival.
People who dressed as characters of the famous TV animation “Dragon Ball” also appeared. Their costumes are very high quality and gather a lot of attention.
“We are Akabane Dragon Ball! Ka-Me-Ha-Me-Haaaaa!!!!” Everyone can become a fool on this day. Why not come to a nice festival in Akabane?
[How to go] a 1 minute walk from the East Exit of JR Akabane Station
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