The Goldfish Festival is an annual event in Nishi-Kasai in line with the Sea Day holiday. For over a century now, Edogawa City has been known as one of the best goldfish breeding districts. Every year, breeders showcase different types of goldfishes most to sell or just for people to see. Prices vary depending on the breed. You can buy for as low as 300 yen or as high as 50,000 yen.
It was my first time to be in the festival. The festival started yesterday but since it was raining, my husband and I decided to go today instead. Tents were build in the open area of Gyosen Park for exhibitors and sellers. There was also a balloon ark that welcomed the visitors. And of course, the festival mascot!
Children can also get goldfishes for free if they join the kingyolmpics (the goldfish catching tournament). But you need to queue in and wait for some time before you get your chance to compete.
Other Things To See and Do at the Goldfish Festival
Aside from the fishes, aquariums; plants and accessories; toys; and crafts were also on display and for sale. Some tents give a blue ticket which you can exchange for a free fan or plastic folder as souvenirs.
After an hour or so walking around, we decided to have some rest. Food stalls were also available. So, we bought some food and drinks. Then sat on the mat under the Sakura trees. It is fascinating to watch people enjoying a sunny day at the festival. Some kids were playing with water in the fountain-turned-pool. Others were sliding at the playground. The parents, on the other hand, were enjoying the refreshing breeze and cool shadow under the Sakura trees.