Piping hot hearty soups called nabe are a Japanese staple in the winter, which warms you from the inside. Hanno and Hidaka take their love for nabe to the next level with the Nabe Matsuri. There will be over twenty booths and all soups (nabe) will be sold at ¥300 per bowl. This is the chance to try the Koma Nabe, a soup that celebrates the influences of the Korean immigrants who settled in the area more than 1300 years ago. Koma Nabe won the Grand Prix at the local B-class gourmet competition and includes kimchi, Korean ginseng, and fresh local vegetables. Stage events will entertain the crowd and performances include Taiko drums, yosakoi traditional dance, and others. In the event of rain, the nabe matsuri will be canceled.
Kinchakuda (巾着田) is a purse-shaped open field 15 minutes away on foot from Koma Station (Seibu Chichibu Line). Parking spots are available.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.