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Sake and Simmer: Oden & Local Sake Fest 2024 Shines Bright

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2024.01.11 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Looking for a way to warm up and beat the cold? Get ready for the Oden & Local Sake Fest 2024, a winter celebration set against the picturesque backdrop of Ueno Onshi Park. Organized by the Standing Drinking Fest Executive Committee, this festival promises a delightful fusion of traditional Japanese flavors, local sake indulgence, and captivating stage performances.

Immerse yourself in the heartwarming embrace of oden, a beloved Japanese nabe dish. Picture this: a simmering pot seasoned with a flavorful broth made from dried bonito flakes and kelp, filled with ingredients like daikon radish, eggs, fried tofu, and more. It's a winter favorite that's not only enjoyed at home but also readily available at convenience stores.

Pair your culinary journey with the rich taste of local sake. Sip on a variety of sake delights ranging from traditional breweries to contemporary offerings. The festival also boasts an array of delicious eats, including meaty delights, kebabs, and sizzling yakiniku.

As you savor these culinary delights, be prepared for a stage bursting with entertainment. From DJ sessions to Yosakoi dance performances and anime song discos, the festival offers a diverse array of performances suitable for all ages. Feel the rhythm, embrace the energy, and let the festivities under the winter sky warm your heart.

While we can't predict the weather, please note that the event schedule may change due to rain or stormy weather. Flexibility is the key to enjoying this winter extravaganza.

Join us from January 18th to 21st at Ueno Onshi Koen, Takenodai Hiroba, for an unforgettable experience. Admission is free, and the festival runs from 12:00 to 19:00 on Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Embrace the spirit of winter with the Oden & Local Sake Fest 2024 – where good food, great performances, and warm vibes await!

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