This festival is held along the old main street of Soja dating back to the Showa era. It covers 3-4 blocks within the center of the city. The local businesses on the street, the private houses, and the cities cultural assets are all open for the public to visit. Most of the cities clubs have exhibitions displaying their activities to promote their work and to also recruit new members.
Private houses host a variety of cultural, musical or theatrical acts throughout the day and into the early evening. You can sit in beautifully preserved gardens, sipping on a glass of wine while listening to a classical guitar performance. Each area along the street offers something for everyone and allows visitors to glimpse back in time when life was simple and communities enjoyed a slower pace.
Some of the more interesting architecture is the old Showa movie theater, shops that still sell the same products they sold 50 years ago, these include some traditional Japanese foods of taiyaki (Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with red bean paste or custard), Japanese green tea shop that serve hot tea with Japanese sweets, and a old-style candy shop. This festival is always held on a Saturday and is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon and evening with the friendly people of Soja.
About the Area
Soja is an inland city in southwestern Okayama Prefecture. It is borders the cities of Okayama, Kurashiki, Takahashi and Ibara and the towns of Kibichuo and Yakage. This unique geographic position has meant that the city has always been deeply intertwined in regional cultural and political affairs.
With a name that literally means “all shrines”, it would be easy to assume that the city contains a lot of them and you would be correct. However, in many ways, Soja is very much a temple town, in that there are two major ones near the city center.
One of the most interesting parts of the city is the old shopping street that runs parallel to Route 180. There, you will find clues to life in the Meiji era in the stories told through its homes and storefronts.
Access: Take the Momotaro Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Soja Station. This street festival is about a 10 minute walk from the front of the station.
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