This past weekend (Oct 31-Nov 1) Koenji played host to its ever-growing street festival called Koenjifes. Just more to add to the towering pile of evidence that Koenjagaya is the coolest district in Tokyo.
Koenjifes is a two-day street festival that began just a few years ago in 2011. Up and down the village’s many shotengai (shopping streets) there are musicians, magicians and mascots. Jazz, ska, folk and classic rock. Dance competitions, cosplay and a kid’s show. Chalk artists, a secondhand & handmade market, and of course food stalls. And don’t forget the sports — bike polo and pro wrestling!
The festival has grown considerably in these past few years and it was very evident this weekend. Last year’s festival drew a crowd of around a hundred thousand. It felt like that and then some this year.