Traditional Japanese Summer Festival in Brooklyn

Shiwen Rong
By Shiwen Rong
August 29, 2018New York
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Ready to get a new Instagram picture? This week you will get the chance to visit Ichiran’s summer festival, only available in Brooklyn branch.

You will get the chance to try out the traditional Yukata, the lightweight version of the Kimono was often worn during the summer in Japan. Yukata were originally used as bath wear, a cooling garment to wear after taking a bath.

Of course, you can not miss the Japanese games. Want to challenge your patience and gentleness? Try out Kendama, the game arrived in Japan from the West around the 17th century. To play the game, toss the ball and attempt to catch it in one of the cups or spear it with the point of a stick.

Daruma whack is another traditional game played with a Daruma doll. The Daruma doll is a representation of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, who lived in the 5th or 6th century. The challenge of this game is to knock down other blocks without knocking the Daruma doll off the top.

Small snacks are available as rewards, for playing the games well.

The best part after playing the games is enjoying the Japanese ramen. Ichiran, the most popular ramen spot in Japan, has unique sitting places and a customizable ramen broth.

The festival is only available at the Brooklyn branch (374 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206), from 8/17 – 9/3. The games are free for everyone who wants to try them out.

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