Cinco de Mayo at Yoyogi Park

Cinco de Mayo Yoyogi

When: 03/05/15 - 04/05/15: All Day

Where: Yoyogi Park Event Space, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho

If you’ve picked the stress-free option to stick around Tokyo during Golden Week, this festival may be the closest thing to a vacation without having to leave: Tex-Mex foods, samba and Mariachi groups are awaiting you.

But, what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? The holiday takes place on the fifth day of May in the United States, and regionally in Mexico, to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. It originated in Mexican communities in the American West back in the days of the Civil War, as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy.

Nowadays, it’s a chance to learn a bit more about the culture of Mexico, and in the case of this Yoyogi Park edition, about other Central and South American nations. For two days, you can feast on scrumptious tacos and regional dishes, watch a demonstration of capoeira, hear some Mariachi serenade you, watch dance troupes from Chile, Mexico, Columbia and Peru, and hear a brass quintet from the US Navy. Children can try their hand at breaking the piñata, which are usually filled to the brim with candy and small toys.

Cinco de Mayo at Yoyogi Park

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How much: Free

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