Sanma Festival in Meguro

A free event for dining on fresh sanma (Cololabis saira) in Tokyo

August is coming to an end. It is known that Japan has many seasonal foods, and a popular fish that starts selling at markets at the end of summer is sanma.
We feel autumn coming when we see sanma on the table at mealtime. From the end of summer into autumn, sanma is very delicious with its succulent meat. There’s a great event every September in Meguro, Tokyo, where you can eat this delicious seasonal fish for free.

Sanma Festival in Meguro

Let’s have freshly caught sanma in Miyako city, Iwate Prefecture!

Many people come to this event to have sanma every year. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come first serve basis and it takes from 3 to 5 hours to get a plate of sanma. We advise that you prepare with water, towels, and a sun shade for the long wait in the sun.
The 22nd annual“Sanma Festival in Meguro” in 2017 is held in the shopping market in front of Meguro station and 7,000 fresh sanma fish, contributed by Miyako city, Iwate prefecture, will be served. You can also get free sudachi from Kmiyama town, Tokushima prefecture, free grated radishes from Nasushiobara city, Tochigi prefecture, and free charcoal from Minabe town, Wakayama prefecture. A lot of people from all over Japan cooperate for this event! There’s also a vaudeville house called “Yose”, where you can enjoy those delicious foods and get a sense of Japanese humor.

Sanma Festival in Meguro

The best way to eat sanma is broiling it with salt!

The relation between sanma and Meguro came from one of the programs of Rakugo, “Sanma in Meguro” and people started this event to spread the benefits of sanma and Meguro.
The best way to eat sanma is broiling it with salt. Daikon-oroshi and ponzu sauce go so well with the succulent sanma meat. The sashimi and nimono are also tasty.
Autumn is the best season to enjoy various types foods, so let’s have sanma to start enjoying autumn with its seasonal food!

■Sanma Festival in Meguro
Date: September 10th SUN, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: shopping market in front of Meguro station
Address: 2-13-36 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute by walk from JR/Subway Meguro station East Exit

■SUN Festival (Sanma Festival) in Meguro
Date: September 17th SUN, 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Place: Dendohiroba Park
Address: 1-25-8 Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Access: 9 minutes by walk from JR Tokyu-Meguro line Meguro station



Kamiosaki, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

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