Miyagi Prefecture in the Tohoku region is not only home to lush and gorgeous landscapes, but it also preserves regional traditions and culture. Aoba Matsuri is one of such traditions, originated to homage Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the legendary historical figures that unified Japan in the 17th century. The festival involves foodie action aplenty, with food stalls serving all sorts of Japanese street food, such as succulent skewers, piping hot yakisoba and more.
Like many matsuri, Aoba festival features a parade. This includes armored soldiers representing the historical clan members that have protected the area in the past, and a cheerful group of dancers. Waving their fans to the beat of the drums, they proceed with a combination of flowy and undulating movements resulting in a captivating performance.
During this immersive dining experience with a twist, you’ll get in-depth insights about Suzume Odori (the sparrow dance) and its origins, as well as delicious regional cuisine, for an adventure that is on a different level. Your Suzume Odori English-speaking teacher is a veteran dancer, no less! Under her careful guidance, you can learn some basic steps and fan moves to gain an insider perspective into Aoba Matsuri.
After a one-hour-long lesson, you can restore your energy with a well-deserved izakaya-style dinner. In addition to the traditional dance class, we’ll provide you with a tasting set of three sake varieties paired with three equally delicious local dishes. Buckle up and enjoy the party at this refined Japanese-style gastropub!
60-minute dance workshop with a private teacher
After party (three varieties of sake paired with local food)
Any additional food and drink
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Izakaya Senkichi is a short walk from Kotodai-koen Station on the Namboku subway line.
Please be reminded to arrive on time at the meeting point.
This experience is seasonal. Dates TBD.