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Oktoberfest in Tokyo!

rain 22 °C

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Oktoberfest in Tokyo!

Oktoberfest in Tokyo!

Japanese Oktoberfest waitress (I'm suprised she could find a Dirndl in her size!)

Japanese Oktoberfest waitress (I'm suprised she could find a Dirndl in her size!)

The japanese Currywurst! Small but refined, like the typical japanese food...

The japanese Currywurst! Small but refined, like the typical japanese food...

A friend of mine had told me before my departure that Tokyo would have its own Oktober Beer Fest. While travelling so far away from home, I should really spend time learning more about the local culture, but in this case my curiousity to know how close to the real deal it would be was simply too big. :) My friend KaRam was really kind to guide the way, even though it was hard to find and the weather was so bad. When we arrived to the site, which was located just behind the Tokyo Tower, we could already hear the unmistakable sound of german "Schlager" music. What I saw really astonished me! The organisators had managed to recreate the atmosphere of german beerfests quite accurately. Almost all the beers that were sold were genuine german brands like Erdinger Weissbier, Köstritzer or Franziskaner just to name a few. The offered meals were also fairly traditional: from "Fleischkäse" to "thüringer Bratwürste" almost everything that can be found in Germany could be brought there. And if it hasn't been for the all the signs written in Japanese and the very slim instead of the "robust" german "Dirndl" wearing waitresses, I could have sworn that I was in Germany! Since I'll be able to drink any kind of german beer when I'll be back home and since it was so prohibitively expensive (around 2500 ¥ for one Liter, which is about 22 € for my european friends), I just decided to try their "Currywurst" sausage. It still cost me 600 ¥ but I must admit that it tasted pretty good. In Germany the Sausage is bigger and it is served with much more sauce, and this might just be the reason why the average German got his weight less under control than the average japanese person. :p Concidering the fact that it rained so much that day, a lot of people attended this beerfest. I was also surprised to the the japanese guests drink so much beer, although so many people often pretend that japanese people cannot drink. :) At the end of the day I gained the feeling the they are really fascinated by our german "beerculture". This would also explain why a big part of the tourist visting the oktoberfest in Munich are from Japan...

Posted by Niels1303 08:57 Archived in Japan Tagged japan oktoberfest currywurst

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