These are pictures from the Spring Kyushu Fair held in late March to early April of this year in Singapore. This is what I meant about being agitated about not having a Japan blog, because I should have posted them then. This is a bit dated, but I thought it was worth sharing anyway!
The fair’s banner was hanging in the center section of the Tampines Mall. Tampines Mall is set up as round levels with an open center.
This is the view from above, from I think the third floor. The fair was set up in the middle of the mall and was jam packed with people every single day.
I was shocked at how expensive these arus melons from Miyazaki were. If you look at the blue text on the sign you can see that 49 SGD was already the marked down price from their usual 60 SGD. I think we went on the last day of the fair. I tried to do a little research on the melon but there’s little available, through Google anyway. What I did find says that the arus melon is considered “The King of Japanese Fruits” and is highly sought after as a gift for its fragrance, beautifully netted skin and great taste.
There was a booth selling selections of fine tea. I kinda wish I’d bought some now that I look at the photo.
Photos of the crowds and some of the booths.
A lot of the booths were doing cooking on the spot, like this booth, where a girl was preparing takoyaki balls.
And what Japan fair would be complete without a booth selling sake? The sake he was holding was actually really, really good and I wanted a bottle of it but he had already sold out. He didn’t mind letting me have a few shots from the sample bottle though, which was pretty cool of him. We wound up getting a sparkling rose sake for my wife, but got so busy with getting ready for our trip to the Philippines at the beginning of May that we we gave it away as a gift instead.
I’m looking forward to visiting another Japan-related Fair. Hopefully there’ll be one in Manila sometime soon!