PHOTOS: Canada’s Biggest Japanese Festival Happened in Mississauga


Published August 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm


Canada’s biggest Japanese festival–the newly named Japan Festival Canada–took Mississauga by storm over the weekend, boasting two days of food, musical performances and a very special guest appearance.

Organizers estimate that the event welcomed up to 70,000 people over the course of the weekend.

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration?

Incredibly popular and the very first Japanese born Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, who was on hand at Celebration Square on Sunday, Aug. 27. Racing fans who have been following the superstar’s career were able to see both Sato and an authentic Indy car, presented by the NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada.

As far as cuisine went, hungry guests got to try foods prepared by such acclaimed Japanese restaurants as Ginko Japanese Restaurant, Gushi Foods, Kinka Izakaya, Kinton Ramen, Mye Japanese Restaurant, Obento Catering Service, Zakkushi, Ramen Raijin, Ryus Noodle Bar, Kobo Gourmet Fine Foods, Guu Izakaya, Tatsu’s Bakery, Liberty Noodle, Fisherman’s Place and Ebisu on Queen. Vendors served everything from ramen and shortribs and udon to sushi and yakisoba and Japanese-style hot dogs.

Thirsty guests were also able to enjoy Japanese beer, sake and whiskey in a designated area.

The days festivities, which were MC’d by’s own Khaled Iwamura, also featured some bombastic entertainment, including a set by acclaimed DJ Hachiouji-P—a DJ that organizers say was dubbed the ‘Prince of Vocaloid music’ on Japan’s popular video sharing site ‘Nico Nico Douga.’

Other performing artists included very popular Monkey Majik, a pop rock band that consists of Canadian brothers from Ottawa that got mainstream success in Japan. As well as Youth Theater Japan, The Jessica Stuart Few, Turbo Street Funk, Mikuro Mika, Nagata Shachu and more.

You can take a look at photos of the festivities below:

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