City Report 2: Kashiwa Matsuri


I can’t recall one year where it was not raining during Kashiwa Matsuri in all my years living here. This time around, the sky was miraculously all blue but of course, I had to work.

There were people wherever I looked. Children and adults bought foods and drinks at the many stalls. The city center was on fire with events and attractions for people to see and experience.

East Exit Main Street
Nibangai Shopping Arcade

From fruits to waffles, chocolate-covered bananas, and refreshing beverages, I found so many different treasures.

Kashiwa became a city full of music. Musicians from different genres entertained the crowds, as uplifting music from the many speakers filled the streets.

There were many things for children to do as well. I was amazed at how active kids were, even in this kind of heat.

In typical Japanese festival fashion, Kashiwa was full of parades. Dance and music parades, Mikoshi (shrine carrying) processions, and big floats came around the streets accompanied by traditional flute and percussion music.

Join one of Kashiwa's many events and connect with locals. Become a part of Kashiwa.

Date of coverage: 28th July 2019

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Coverage・Writing・Pictures:Malte Detjens

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Reitaku University
University of Tokyo




Hey! I’m Malte, the weird Germany guy. I moved to Kashiwa at the end of 2012 and have been living here since.

Graduating from Reitaku University in 2018, I entered the University of Tokyo’s graduate school to do some additional research.

I absolutely fell in love with the kind people of Kashiwa. Everyone welcomed me with open arms, and I got financially and emotionally saved more than once. Through my articles and pictures, I try to show everyone what kind of beautiful place Kashiwa can be.