As someone who loves drinking and everything green, St. Patrick’s Day is a very important day for me. On top of that, I graduated from MSU which has green and white as their school colors, so for the last 4 years I have celebrated this holiday to its fullest. Little did I know that Tokyo celebrates it! Every year the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) puts on a grand St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ometesando. Leprechauns, green Harajuku girls, and flying Guinness beers are all a typical site and you better believe there are bagpipes!
Seeing this parade made me feel like I was back home in America. There were a lot of foreigners as well as curious Japanese bystanders. I loved the mesh of cultures and the Irish pride. A bar called Greenland in Roppongi also threw a party on the day of St. Patrick’s Day. As with all Ometesando parades, this is one not to miss!