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Oktoberfest in…September?

Yep, it’s pretty much Oktoberfest all summer long in Tokyo, where a roving beer party moves around from district to district between May and November. It’s set up for 10 days or so at each place, offering German-size German beers, exotic wursts, and musical entertainment that can only be described as…participatory. The stage show starts out as oom-pah bands and opera singers, but as vast quantities of beer are consumed by the locals, many feel inspired to sing along in falsetto with the divas and form a gigantic line dance snaking around the venue.

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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  1. Never having been to the real deal, I didn’t realize the Oktoberfest Season idea came from Germany – thanks for today’s nugget of new info! I thought that the May-September thing was just another way Japan loosely interprets Western culture, like octopus-seaweed pizza…

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