The International Fureai Fair is held around the east exit area of Urawa Station. It was cancelled in 2021 and in 2020 they just had an online event. For the real deal, there are lots of stalls in the area for the festival. Fureai has a meaning similar to ‘exchange’ in English, so the event could be called International Exchange Fair. Indeed the purpose of the fair is to facilitate exchange between people irrespective of nationality or language. Moreover, it introduces the culture of Saitama City’s sister / friendship cities in America, Canada, China, Mexico and New Zealand.
International Fureai Fair
There are normally several booths from different countries. Normally these booths sell food and / or drink from the country they are representing. They have said there will be less food stalls in 2022 than normal. Also, the food will be take out only. That is, there will be nowhere to sit down and eat, unlike before the pandemic.
There are usually live performances from around the world too. Some of the performances include international dance performances. I can’t remember what the acts were in 2019 or 2018, but in 2017 for example, they had Bollywood Dance from India, Belly Dance, African Dance and Samba too. They normally have, at the very least, a hula dance performance.
This was the flyer for the last event in 2019. I haven’t been able to find one yet for 2022. There may not be one, even online, as has been the situation with many fairs and festivals since the pandemic.
International Fureai Fair Exchange Corner
This section has not yet been confirmed for 2022. In the fureai corner you can normally try traditional clothes from different cultures. There is usually face painting too. They have had “lotto” in the past. Lotto is much like Bingo. In 2017 it was at two different times during the day; once in the morning, once in the afternoon. They had a Pinata that year too at two different times during the event.
Date: Sunday October 9th, if there is bad weather on the day the event will be postponed until Monday the 10th, which is a public holiday.
Time: 11 am to 4 pm.
Cost: free to enter / watch. Food and drink have varying prices.
Venue: JR Urawa Station East exit Citizen’s plaza.
The fair is held at the Citizen’s plaza of Urawa Station in front of the Parco.