Always full of life, Isezaki Mall in Yokohama has a thriving event scene. Drop by this spring to experience some of the shopping street’s best annual events…
Yokohama Street Performers in Isezaki
Thirteen international and local performance groups take over the mall, putting on thrilling shows across six stages scattered down the street. From multitalented international award-winning dancer Zange to jugglers, comedians and balloon artists, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
When: April 20-21
Look up to the skies to be met with 40 colorful carp streamers swimming through the air in the breeze. Now in its 17th year, the event’s streamers are hung every year in late spring to pray for children’s good health and the speedy revival of disaster-hit areas.
When: Mid-April to May 6
Minato Matsuri – Yokohama Parade
Isezaki Mall proudly takes part in the Yokohama Parade with an elaborate float as part of the annual Minato Matsuri festivities. The shopping street’s float has won the Hama-Pare Prize for two consecutive years and is hoping for a hat trick this year.
When: April 20-21
29th Early Summer Ceramics & Metal Utensils Fair
For just over two weeks, Isezaki Mall comes alive with porcelain vendors from across Japan. Find rarities from the five famous pottery cities of Imari (Saga Prefecture), Arita (Saga), Hasami (Nagasaki), Mino (Gifu), and Seto (Aichi), as well as utensils from Tsubame-Sanjo (Niigata) and Seki (Gifu). With over 50,000 wares on sale ranging from ¥100 to tens of thousands per item, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for, whether it be daily-use tableware or unique interior design pieces.
When: May 11-26
Nearest stations: Kannai Station, Hinode Station, Bashamichi Station.
More information at: www.isezaki.jp
Koinobori and ceramics photos for illustrative purposes only