I was in the mood for ramen today, so walked to Yutenji, which is a rather nothing kind of neighborhood. I should know; I used to live there. But it has a good Chinese restaurant, which features Beatles Muzak played on traditional Chinese instruments, and that’s just weird enough to appeal to my taste. I was starting on my noodles when I heard some other music and a marching band passed by the restaurant’s big picture window.
A marching band? In Yutenji?
This definitely merited investigation. Turns out it was the Meguro Ward Traffic and Everyday Safety, Anti-Crime and General Well-Being Festival. Who knew?
The band marched to the grounds of an elementary school with a strange gliding sort of step as if each member was trying to hold a 100 yen coin between their butt cheeks.
A program of entertainment followed. First was a band consisting of 100 kindergarten kids. They were predictably awful, but does it get any cuter than this?