The Noge Area is an old downtown district in Yokohama, just a 5-minute-walk from Sakuragicho Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. It is famous for Jazz, casual food, and street performances. In 1986 the “Noge Street Performance Festival” started as a town revival project. It takes place on the main street in Noge, in spring and in autumn. About 30 groups of street performers entertain audiences with juggling, pantomime, acrobatics, balloon art, clown skits, unicycles, and so on. There were large crowds of people in front of each group of performers. It might be hard for you to get a good spot to see their acts, but you can still enjoy the event. Lots of delicious food stands line the streets, and plenty of cold beer is waiting for you!
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。