It is spring time in Japan and even though the cherry blossoms are nearly over in the Kanto area, there are still enough reasons to celebrate this wonderful season. Yokohama is doing this with the Frühlingsfest at the Red Brick Warehouse or better known as Akarenga (横浜赤レンガ倉庫).
As you may can guess from the name the Yokohama Frühlingsfest is a German-style spring festival. And because I am from Germany I wanted to finally visit it this year after always hearing about it within the last years when I wasn’t in Japan. For me it is always interesting how Japanese people are thinking about the German culture, even so this festival is not a culture festival.
So, what is Germany most famous for? Yes – beer and sausages! You can find a variety of beer from Germany and Japan (and other countries) and also some other drinks including wine soda which is advertised as super popular with young German women. They might be right, I personally don’t like beer, so I ended up buying one cup of the red wine soda for me.
Next to beer also popular food from Germany is available, just like different kinds of sausages, schnitzel, red cabbage and Bretzel, one of my favorite bakery products from my home country. But for sure you could also find popular dishes such as potato products and pizza. Every booth has staff members making advertisement for them, handing out flyers about the drink and food and explaining everything. As usual for such festivals the prices are pretty high, but as long as you are not going there every week, it is ok.
What would be a German festival without German music? The band Gaukis Bavaria is playing traditional music which is common for such events four times a day (at 12:00, 14:30, 17:00 and 19:30) and it is always funny to see how the people enjoy it. Drinking and singing together, a good way to celebrate into spring!
For sure you also can buy some goods at the Frühlingsfest. Booths are there with products displaying beer, German sweets and even cosmetics. There are even shops for the mascot Ampelmann and the Volkswagen bus. I preferred taking one of the Yokohama Frühlingsfest plastic cups home in which your drinks are served.
Besides beer the spring festival is also a great place for children. There are many activities and games they can do. Take a ride on the merry-go-round, fly high at the jump zone or walk around in a bubble ball on the water. Children even can attend some workshops. Prices for this attractions range between 500 and 1,000 yen.
If you want to visit the Yokohama Frühlingsfest you have the chance while the Golden Week. In 2017 it is taking place from 28th April to 7th May. The entry is free, so you can also just look by without paying many to enjoy the atmosphere and the music – and the Yokohama harbor area is worth a visit every time anyway.