Autumn Festivities at TPC
Here’s a sample of what went down at Japan Rail Café’s Autumn in the Train event at Tanjong Pagar Centre’s Urban Park.
In collaboration with Japan Rail Café, Tanjong Pagar Centre celebrated all things Japanese, with fun, games and themed events running from 11th to the 14th of October.
Dubbed Autumn in the Train, this spectacular event commemorated the opening of Japan’s first railway with train-themed activities, Japanese delicacies and free screenings of crowd-favourite anime and films.
Fun, Food and Festivities
For four days, the Autumn in the Train transported visitors to a realm of whimsy and wonderment, with an autumnal feast for all five senses.
Parents and children alike bonded with bouts of family yoga, while train enthusiasts and their little ones got to live out their dreams of being train conductors with the large screen Train Video Game, DENSHA DE GO.
Those dropping by the event were treated to lively tunes and mellow beats throughout the day, with a range of talented musicians—Joy Heng and dynamic duo DJ Shin and DJ Fukumoto— serenading the crowd with mellow beats, jazz fusion numbers and heart-warming pop melodies.
Besides being a visual spectacle, Autumn in the Train featured a medley of Japanese-themed goodies, snacks and classic dishes, including marron cream buns from Hattendo Singapore, onigiri and bento sets from Samurice and ice-cold beers from Kirin Beer.
Anime Screenings and Fan-Favourite Films
Silver screen lovers and anime fanatics visiting Autumn in the Train were treated to a heady dose of Japanese pop culture, with a plethora of movie screenings happening across the four days of festivities.
The programme included JCC Weekend cinema, a special collaboration between event organisers JR Cafe and the Japan Creative Centre by Embassy of Japan: Films included uproarious Japanese comedy Robo-G, vintage anime Chibimaruko and the sci-fi themed Voices of a Distant Star.
Another silver screen highlight included Jimami Tofu, a Singapore-Japanese film that tells a story of a Singaporean chef who travels to Okinawa and finds love, hopes and dreams awaiting him.
The young and the young at heart also had a cuddly yellow treat in store for them, in the form of a very special guest. The Autumn in the Train event featured daily special appearances and photo opportunities with the adorable Pikachu, from the much-beloved video game Pokemon.
4 Tips For an Autumn Trip to Japan
Scheduling a trip to Japan this fall? The experts at Japan Rail Café have compiled a list of handy tips for travellers who’re hoping to explore this beautiful country.
Pack clothes that you can layer
The weather may be a bit erratic, so be sure to pack clothes you can layer (eg. A long-sleeved T-shirt with outerwear and a scarf you can remove easily).
Always check the weather
Use the Weather app on your phone, or visit the Accuweather website for more comprehensive reports.
Enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage
The region of Tohoku is arguably one of the best places to enjoy a bout of koyo (autumn foliage viewing). Landmarks accessible with the JR East Pass include Naruko Gorge, Geibikei Gorge and Nikko.
Savour seasonal delicacies
Be sure to sample seasonal dishes and produce while on your trip. These include chestnuts from Nagano, Sanma fish from Miyagi and sweet potatoes from Saitama. Download the Gurunavi app to search for restaurants with seasonal offerings, and to reserve a table.
Has this article has piqued your interest in visiting Japan this fall? The good folk at Japan Rail Café will be happy to assist you in planning your trip!