Finally the annual Ennichisai at Blok M was held! It was held on 14 – 15 May 2016. ‘Miracle Power of Love‘ was the slogan for Ennichisai 2016.
What is Ennichisai?
A yearly festival (matsuri) for Japanese culinary, Japan traditional & modern art and culture held at Blok M, South Jakarta since 2010. The festival organized by Blok M Estate Management and Ennichisai Blok M team. There are around 150 stalls that provides food and beverage also merchandise about japan. It attracts up to 200,000 visitors every year.
What is happening in Ennichisai?
FOOODDDSS every where! Takoyaki, yakisoba, kakigouri, taiyaki, ramen, udon, dorayaki, etc. Buutttt! The most interesting is ringo ame. It’s a caramelized apple with stick. It’s so yummy while it’s warm. I tried it last year. 😀 Yum yum~ There are some japan products too like Pocari Sweat, Calpico, etc.
Clockwise : ringo ame (apple candy), kakigouri (shaved ice), yakisoba (fried noodle), takoyaki (wheat ball filled w/octopus), taiyaki (custard ‘fish’), images taken from Google
I didn’t purchase the food from yesterday because it was so so crowded! But I tried all those food last year. 😀
Stage performance such as Koto and Shamisen (Japanese traditional string instrument), rock band, Japanese singer, traditional dance, etc.
Mikoshi Parade, this is the main performance in Ennichisai. Mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine. I think Mikoshi Parade similar like Sanja Matsuri in Japan.
‘Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle to transport a deity in Japan while moving between main shrine and temporary shrine during a festival or when moving to a new shrine’ – Wikipedia.
There are 3 teams who carried the Mikoshi, kids, women and men consecutively. They carried around Blok M area. The last team after all Mikoshi teams was musical float kart with taiko performance.
Women Team & shout ‘say ya’
Musical Float Kart
‘ the people who bear the mikoshi wave it wildly from side to side to “amuse” the deity (kami) inside. ‘ – Wikipedia
Looking forward for next Ennichisai!