Ennichisai (縁日際) at Blok M Jakarta

On May 24th 2014 I went to Ennichisai, a Japanese traditional festival, at Blok M. It was a two-days-festival about Japanese culture. The festival was organized at Little Tokyo at Blok M, a place consisted of several blocks of Japanese restaurants and some other Japanese shops. There were many booths in this festival, many of them sold Japanese festival foods like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, dorayaki, yakisoba, udon, ramen, ame ringo (candy apple), etc. There were also booths selling Japanese related items, like fox masks, figures from many comic or cartoon characters, Japanese fan uchiwa, etc. Besides booths selling various stuffs related to Japan, there were also some stages staging various performances from Japanese artists, some were traditional themed and some were modern themed. I bought some food there: takoyaki, dorayaki, hotdog sausage, kyabetsu yaki, fried chicken, and onigiri. The one that I remembered the most was the fried chicken, since they sold the fried chickens with the price of 10.000 rupiahs for one paper cup, and we could stuff as many fried chickens as we could into that paper cup, that would be what we got. I got five fried chickens. Actually it could be more than that, but being watched and cheered by the fried chicken seller sort of made me want to just finish stuffing the chickens into the cup quickly. Some people were also cosplaying and participated in the cosplay competition.

Mikoshi for parade

Mikoshi for parade

Hotdog sausage

Hotdog sausage

Dorayaki

Dorayaki

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

Kyabetsu yaki

Kyabetsu yaki

Fox masks

Fox masks

Stage performance

Stage performance

Little Tokyo Lampions

Little Tokyo Lampions

Cosplay

Cosplay

Fried Chickens

Fried Chickens

There was one interesting booth in this festival: the Jakarta Osoji Club. As its name says, it is a Jakarta cleaning club. There were volunteers from this club collecting trashes from many trash bags into big bags and then taking them elsewhere. Big gratitude for them. One disappointing thing was that there were many people who just littered everywhere. They just dumped the trashes on the street or left them on the tables or any places but not the trash cans or trash bags. The volunteers from Jakarta Osoji Club then had to take the trashes from the street and put them into trash bags. There were many trash bags and trash cans available in the festival area, and the trashes were littered not far from those trash bags. It was really disappointing to see such an irresponsible behavior.

Sadly, this Ennichisai would be the last Ennichisai here. I got information from their twitter account that there would be no more Ennichisai next year. The 2014 Ennichisai was the fifth festival here, and there would no sixth festival anymore.

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