By The Nation
Speaking at the recent press conference, Kiyoyoshi Oba, president of Toyota Tsusho (Thailand), organiser told reporters that last year’s festival had received fantastic feedback reaching far beyond expectations, both in term of revenue and the number of visitors, both Thai and Japanese residing in Thailand.
“To emphasise our position as the leading trading house in Thailand, we are working hard to ensure that this year’s festival will be even bigger and better than last year’s,” he said. “We want this yearly festival to be on everyone’s calendar and to be an event that cannot be missed. During the festival, you will find an unlimited number of Japanese lifestyle products and food items, directly flown in from Japan for our visitors”
Under the theme, “Nice to Meet You Tohoku”, the event will appeal to everyone who loves Japan by transforming the 3,000 sqm Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon into Sendai Tanabata Festival, which is the biggest and the most attended Tanabata festival in Japan.
“By creating a unique Japanese atmosphere with a lot of photo taking opportunities, you will feel like you are in Sendai, the most popular destination in the Tohoku area. Toyotsu Japan Festival 2018 is all about shopping and experiencing the newest innovations from Japan, such as a replica of the famous Japanese Shopping mall ‘Siam Takashimaya’ , technological innovations from Sony, creative and innovative stationary products from Kokuyo, 10Mois baby & maternity products with the quality representing the love of mothers for their children, Kimukatsu, the original 25 layers of Millefeuille katsu from Japan, ‘Nishikawa’ mattresses, Q-Pot, popular Japanese jewellery and accessories and a lot more,” added Anujtha Jaovisidha, general manager of Corporate Planning Department.
Highlights include an “Oyster Shucking Show” by a famous Japanese chef. The Japan – imported oysters are frozen using innovative technology that keeps their freshness and original taste and a “Fruit Arrangement Show” with premium seasonal fruits from Wa Theatre Premium Fruits, Obanyaki. Other must-sees include a Japanese pancake cooking show from Minamoto Kitchoan and the chance to learn how to paint wooden Kokeshi dolls, the fine wood craft with special original painting techniques. This famous souvenir from the Tohoku region in Northern Japan is a symbol of happiness love and friendship, and it’s even believed that the doll can protect people from evil spirits.
There are more than 80 booths, a magnificent grand opening, and an endless number of enjoyable and activities.
Find out more at Facebook.com/ToyotsuJapanFestival