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Hanno Green Carnival at Metsa 2020

September 19 @ 10:00 September 20 @ 17:00

Metsä Miyazawa lake Hemulin's playground Moomin Valley Park Metsa Hanno Saitama

Hanno Green Carnival at Metsa – a music and culture festival with live performances, workshops, food and activities. In previous years this festival was held at Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest formerly known as Moomin Valley. This is the first year its in the Finnish / Nordic living inspired Metsa. This is also the first year the festival is in September. Its normally held in June, but on account of Coronavirus it was postponed.

From the official Facebook event page

Date and Time: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September from 10 am to 5 pm. The event will go ahead if there is light rain, but it may be cancelled if there is heavy rain or stormy weather.

Moominvalley Park Harvest
Harvest, Balloon Sky at Moominvalley park. Image from the Japan Moomin website.

The green carnival is usually jam packed with additional fun for kids and adults. And this year Moominvalley park within Metsa will have their “Harvest” event running simultaneously. It is a balloon sky of sorts. However, this year Green Carnival don’t have a website of their own like in previous years. And the information is slow to come out on Facebook. No kids space has yet been announced for 2020 – as far as I am aware. Also, usually, the system is that some of the event space and life performances are free to enjoy, but the carnival’s kids area costs money. There is usually food on the day, mainly bread and pastry. And workshops are a big part of the festival. The main element is the live music performances. The stage will be by (and backdropped by) Miyazawa lake in the open space in front of the Starbucks in Metsa.

Budget: upwards of 500 yen per person. In previous years you could get a ticket that allows access to both workshops and the live stage on their website, but as that site is no longer live they don’t seem to have that option this year.

Access Hanno Green Carnival

The 2020 Hanno Green Carnival is being held at Metsa Village.

By car: about 10 minutes from the Sayama Hidaka Interchange of the Ken-o expressway.

By public transport: Buses go from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Hanno Station or from JR Hachiko Line’s Higashi Hanno station. On foot it takes about 35 minutes to the park. 

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Miyazawa, 327‐6 メッツァ
Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture 〒357-0001 Japan
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September 19, 2020 @ 10:00
September 20, 2020 @ 17:00
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