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St. Patrick’s Day in Japan: How The Japanese Celebrate!

Have you ever wondered if Japan celebrates St. Patrick’s Day? Well, they do! Today we explore how the Irish holiday is celebrated throughout Japan.

I Love Ireland Festival

The I Love Ireland Festival is one of the biggest events in Japan during St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a culmination of live music, bagpipe performances, traditional Irish dancing, parades, and more. Take a look at some of the events the festival has the offer in the video below:

Tokyo St. Patrick’s Day Parade

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without a parade! This year, the flagship parade will take place on Omotesando (a 3-lane avenue in Tokyo) at 1-2 PM on March 20th.

But wait, there’s more! This is Japan, and Japan is big on celebration. This is only the biggest parade, you can also attend a ton of smaller parades throughout the country leading up to March 20th. Here’s a list of parades/events in honor of St. Patrick’s Day:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Yokohama parde
  • Ise music event
  • Kumamoto parade
  • Fukuoka music event

Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • Chiba parade
  • Matsue parade
  • Fukuoka parade

Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • Nagoya parade
  • Okinawa parade

Sunday, March 20, 2016

  • Tokyo parade & festival
  • Osaka parade & festival
  • Takamatsu parade & festival

Matcha Green Tea Beer

Let’s be real, what’s St. Patrick’s Day without the beer? The holiday goes hand-in-hand with drinking. There will be plenty of Guinness around during St. Patrick’s Day in Japan, but if you’re looking for something unique to down, check out Green Tea Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu‘s new Matcha Beer Garden in Tokyo, Japan. They serve three different green tea style beers: original, dark, and a non-alcoholic version. It’s definitely something new worth trying.

Matcha Green Tea Beer

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