Diwali Festival is also known as Festival of Lights in India. My husband once told me that Nishi-Kasai is also known as Little Delhi. Nishi-Kasai caters to the biggest population of Indians here in Japan. True enough, Indian culture has been very visible in our place because of several Indian restaurants and food shops. There are also two or three Indian international schools. At night when I bike along Kasai coast, I always meet some Indian couple walking or sitting in one of the benches admiring the beauty of the city skyline.

Having such opportunity, my husband and I feel very privileged to live here in Nishi-Kasai. We do not only experience how to live in Japan. We are also being introduced to the traditions, culture, and friendliness of India. Once in a while, we have our lunch in an Calcutta, an Indian restaurant near the station. Also, the first friends I met when I arrived here are Indian ladies from my Japanese class in Seishincho Community Center. But I guess the highlight of our Indian experience here in Tokyo is celebrating Diwali Festival which is held at the last Saturday of October every year. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn.

Nishi-Kasai Diwali Festival

Every year, the Indian community in Nishi-Kasai organizes the Diwali Festival in one of the parks in Seishincho. Aside from different stalls that offer authentic Indian food, clothes, and other goods; there are also presentations of different songs and dances mostly done by kids and teenagers.

Kids Diwali Fest
A Traditional Indian Dance by Llittle Girls in Their Traditional Dresses

 

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Kids dance their heart out while a young man sings

There were also some booths selling different snacks and goods. We also love to find a variety of authentic food from different regions of India.

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While waiting for our Butter Chicken Curry and Mango Lassi

 

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Candles lined up to celebrate Diwali

 

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Lighting of the Diwali candles designed by Japanese and Indian kids