Biggest Japanese School Festival (Mita Festival)

Japanese Culture & Photography
3 min readAug 24, 2020

Keio University’s School Festival, also known as Mita Festival was held on November 22–26, 2012.

Mita Campus is about 10 minutes away from either the Mita station or Tamachi Station. From the entrance of Mita Campus, you can see Tokyo Tower. This Campus is small compared to the University of Hawaii at Manoa and yet it is holds supposedly the biggest school festival in Japan.

It was ridiculously packed with people and so they hold many of their events inside the class buildings and on their outside stage as well. In the West School Building, you will find bands playing music in a normal class room next to bands playing in the other rooms. Some bands also perform on the main stage. You will also find dancers performing in these small rooms but they also perform on the main stage.

They have stores, food booths, a wrestling ring, martial arts stage, etc. I found that the wrestling ring was very interesting. They aren’t professional and their punches are very fake and they actually smile and laugh sometimes when they are supposed to pretend that they got hit which is quite hilarious. The audience knows this too so they laugh with the wrestlers.

Dance Performances

They have at least 34 dance crews that perform at Mita Festival, Revolve, Jade, and Dance ES. Each one splits their dances into different parts. Revolve had 15 different dance parts. Some of the parts are specifically one type of dance like break dancing or popping but they also have parts where it is only freshman, sophomore, and they even have dances that are a mix of different types of dances.

At Mita Festival, I was able to perform for Revolve’s break dancing part on November 23, 2012(4:50 pm). The performance was outside on the main stage and unfortunately it rained earlier that day so the viewers had to sit on the ground with water. It was interesting because the people in the front were asked to sit so that the people in the back could see and they all willingly sat on the wet ground which I could never imagine something like that happening in America. It was pretty scary because there were people everywhere. There were so many people that even at the very edge of the stage, people were lined up to watch. There were roughly about 1000 viewers of my event. It was dark and I couldn’t see the audience that well so I wasn’t that scared to perform. It was definitely a great experience performing in front of so many people and really get to bond with other breakers.

If you plan to study abroad in Japan, you should definitely join a club!

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Japanese Culture & Photography

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