Amid the many traditional Japanese festivals that take place in Tokyo each spring, an unexpected event has become a new annual tradition: The Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade was started in 1992 by the Irish Network Japan, with support from the Embassy of Ireland, to introduce Irish culture to the people of Japan.
The parade, along with the "I Love Ireland Festival" held on St. Patrick's Day Weekend, are known as Japan’s largest Irish event, where you’ll find a multicultural crowd of Japanese and international people in attendance.
About St. Patrick’s Day
For those unfamiliar with the holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. Not limited to the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries across the world, and people of various nationalities can be seen wearing green, Ireland’s national color each year on March 17. Parades and festivals can also be found in various international cities, featuring traditional Irish music, dancing, and other festivities to celebrate the culture.
Tokyo St. Patrick’s Parade 2018
The parade route can be find along Tokyo’s chic shopping district of Omotesando, just a five-minute walk from either Harajuku Station, or Omotesando Station, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
This will be the parade’s 26th year in Tokyo. It is a fun family event with marching bands, Irish dancers and musicians, Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Setters all decked out in green. Shamrock face-painting and other events will also be held. Remember to wear something green on the day!
*The parade will not be postponed due to rain!
Hours: 1pm - 3pm
Date: March 18, 2018
I Love Ireland Festival
Asia's largest Irish festival returns again this year to Yoyogi Park on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Join over 100,000 visitors as they celebrate Ireland's national holiday!
Hours: 10am - 6pm
Date: March 17th & 18th, 2018
After the Parade: Other St. Patrick’s Day Fun
For the adults, Tokyo is home to quite a few Irish pubs that also tend to hold celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. Here you can find Irish beer, whiskey, beef stew, and more to eat and drink well into the evening hours. Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day – the Japanese way!
Irish Network Japan
The Irish Network Japan (INJ) is a non-profit organization made up of Irish and Japanese volunteers. The group aims to promote Irish culture in Japan, as well as promoting cultural exchange and connection between the countries of Ireland and Japan. This is achieved holding regular events related to Irish culture and traditions in several cities in Japan including Nagoya, Chiba, Mie, and Tokyo. The largest of which, being the Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
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