Spain’s La Tomatina Festival coming to Tokyo this weekend


Ever wondered what it would be like to be covered from head to toe in tomatoes?

Ever dreamed of smashing a tomato in someone’s face?

Ever wanted to see the streets run red…with tomato juice?

If so, you may think you have to head all the way over to Spain to partake in Valencia’s world famous La Tomatina festival. However, those of you who live in Japan are in luck. You only have to go as far as Tokyo. That’s right, on Sunday at the Tamagawa river in Tokyo, adventurers and pasta sauce enthusiasts alike can participate in a large-scale tomato fight just like the one in Spain.

The event will be held in a special 400-square-meter area, nicknamed “Tomatina House,” and each person will have access to the same amount of tomatoes as the participants in the original La Tomatina festival in Valencia. Don’t worry about the river, sheets will be set up to ensure that the surrounding riverbed and water do not become polluted with saucy goodness.

Event coordinators are looking for up to 100 people to take part in the festivities. The participation fee is set at 2,500 yen per person, but groups of 3 or more can receive a discount of 500 yen.

No need to bring your own tomatoes, just come ready to get dirty!

Source: ITMedia

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Whoah, lame-O extremus!

La Tomatina is a Spanish event, with all what that entitles. It can't be replicated in Tokyo because it does not involve the history or the fiesta style of said event. What's next? Gion Matsuri in Madrid? Entrance fee (haha, typically Japan...) €50 and you get a happi coat and a pair of zori?

No no, don't copy what you will never understand.

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What a waste of food, the lack of respect for starvation and malnutrition in the world is pittiful.

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I don't know about this event in Tokyo, but at the festival in Spain, all of the tomatoes are rotten. I've been there and it stinks.

So before you complain about wasted food, it's food that is unfit for human consumption.

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Since it is being held in Tokyo, I would bet that the produce used will not be rotten. What a waste, and why import these special festivals to a country that has so many unique festivals already? Next they'll have the running of the bulls through Yokohama...

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Hmmm... the Tamagawa runs for at least 40kms... Does anyone know of a more specific location/time or should I get on my bike starting near Haneda and take a tour hoping that I will see a flying tomato within the 400 square meter red zone.

My guess is that it will be near Futakotamagawa as I cannot see this event happening near Fuchu or nearer to Haneda Airport. A few details on the time and location would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Get ready for unsold Tohoku

Sounds fun to me, but I'll prefer to stay away.

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Even the website doesn't detail the location and it looks like the application deadline has passed. I would've liked to watch it at least but it seems they're trying to make it all exclusive.

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I didn't realize that we had so many things in common-- the Spanish and the Japanese. Both nations appear to enjoy games and festivals that involve some kind of endurance. Spain is very popular with the Japanese particularly because Spain enjoys sunny skies for most of the year as a main feature to the climate of most parts of the country. I am aware that there is also an amusement park in Japan called Parque España, I think. I am sure that there are other festivals in Spain that would also be as attractive to the Japanese, particularly the younger ones-- the running of the bulls in Pamplona for instance. Mind you I am sure also that some Japanese festivals, sports and traditions would be welcomed by some Spaniards although I am not sure about sumo... Perhaps drinking sake would be most interesting to both peoples. Anyway, as we say in Spain:¡Viva la fiesta! or, have fun!...have a good time everybody!

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