Latinx Festival in Nagoya

Lesli Patino
May 21, 2019

Hey everyone!

I attended a Latinx festival in Nagoya! I was so surprised that this was the festival’s 10th anniversary! It is held in Sakae which is about a thirty-minute train ride from Nanzan University. This year it was held on May 11th and 12th. It would start at 11 a.m. and end around 8:30 p.m. It is a rather small festival, but it did fill up as the day progressed.

The festival had stands popped up around the area with a stage set up at the front. Except for one stand, all the stands were food stands. The food came from a few Latin American countries such as Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. They also had some trampolines and bouncy houses for the children. Throughout the weekend, they had an artist and performers on stage, each with their own unique performance. Some of the artists were Orquesta Yambe, Sakura Company Band, Las Hermanas Candela, and El Fino. The music ranged from reggaeton, salsa, rock, bachata, to pop. It was really amazing to see so many Latinx performers!

Upon arriving, I was thrilled to see so many people of color in Nagoya. While Japanese people have been welcoming, it was great to see the diversity that does exist in Nagoya. The best part was that people used Spanish, so I was able to listen and talk to others in Spanish after a whole semester of using Japanese and English. Oh, and the music. While I didn’t recognize most of the songs, I did recognize the beat and rhythms.

While there was so much meat available, I immediately went for the grilled corn. It smelled like home, and I just couldn’t resist it. As at all festivals, the food and drinks are overpriced, but I willingly gave them five dollars for grilled corn. Was it worth it? Yes, yes it was. It was delicious! I also sampled a variety of adult beverages, interested in what type of selection they had available. I also spent much of my time watching the performers and dancing a little bit as well. My favorite performance was Las Hermanas Candela, a female duo, who sang a variety of genres. Not only were they skilled singers, but they were amiable.

This festival does take place early May, so if you decide to come to Nagoya during the spring semester make sure to stop on by. It’s a quick perusal with a lot of delicious food. I have included some pictures of the festival, but I also encourage you to check out their Facebook page @nagoyalatino.

Until next time,


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Lesli Patino

<p>I like rainy days. Once I saw a triple rainbow. I'm just a female Latinx low-income student studying abroad in Japan, learning to navigate an environment completely different from home. Let's get this パン.</p>

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