Yokohama Oktoberfest

This week sees the return of Yokohama’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. The German beer festival has already begun and will continue until October 13th near Minato Mirai station. It’s held in Aka Renga, the “red brick warehouse” which holds a peculiar fascination for the Japanese, but look like, well, an ordinary warehouse to me.

The Oktoberfest is always good fun, as only drinking prodigious quantities of beer can be. The organisers have even flown over a thigh-slapping German oom-pah band to entertain the boozers, resulting in the incongrous sight of men in lederhosen wandering around the futuristic streets of Minato Mirai.

You can buy German potatoes and sausages, and the selection of beers on sale is always terrific, (although, there is a confusing system whereby you have to pay a deposit for your glass, presumably to prevent drunk people from stealing the fancy tankards as souvenirs.)

The event gets more popular every year, and is heaving with revelers on weekends (many of whom tried to strike up conversations with me in German, but were disappointed to discover I’m English). This is fun, but the long lines for the portable toilets can put tremedous strain on a bladder bloated with pints of lager. I recommend going along on a week-night, when you can urinate with ease and, if you’re lucky, you might actually be able to sit down for a while.

Here’s the official website.

10 Responses to Yokohama Oktoberfest

  1. Ooh, very nice. Been a while since I’ve been to one of these.

  2. David says:

    I’m planning to go there this Sunday. Looking forward to seeing how it measures up to the real thing.

  3. billywest says:

    If it’s going to be open on Monday the 13th, I think I’ll hit it up that afternoon.

  4. nick says:

    finally bought and read ur book!

  5. roaf says:

    Thanks, Nick. Hope you enjoy it.

    Billy- Make sure you get there pretty early! I went there the other day and it gets rammed at night.

  6. Jeff says:

    Gawd… I loved Oktoberfest there! I’d go a couple of times when it was there… Best thing about Red Brick Warehouse is the burgers….

  7. Vinnie says:

    This seemed crazy until I saw the bottle of Bittburger bier, wonderfull stuff!

  8. roaf says:

    Yeah, Vinnie, it’s Bittburger’s great (although, I had a little too much).

    Jeff- You mean Kua Aina? God, I love those burgers. I suppose you’re munching on those daily in Hawaii.

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