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japan week montreal

Montreal's own POCHA MTL Korean street food and culture festival is back this summer with 15 booths serving Korean food, 20 exhibitors and more than 10 cultural activities to enjoy. For those of us with furry friends, specifically adorable dogs, your pet is welcome to attend POCHA with you!

The festival is taking place at Les Quais au Bassin Peel, a venue that will also welcome a Vietnamese cultural festival (Chợ Đêm MTL) and Montreal's YATAI Japan Week event series over the course of the summer.

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From the creators of YATAI MTL comes the third annual Japan Week culture and food festival, which brings together more than 30 local businesses to invite Montrealers "to discover and enjoy Japan, without leaving their city."

This year's Japan Week is taking place from May 8 to 14 at 22 restaurants and 17 stores across Montreal. Japan Week is also hosting three "cultural activities," including a library of artwork and performances by Katsura Sunshine, a Canadian traditional Japanese rakugo storyteller.

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Fans of dogs, anime, manga, Japanese food and all things kawaii rejoice! Montreal's Japan Week will be back for a third edition from May 8 to 14. This year again, you can expect tons of food, shopping opportunities, art and activities during the week-long celebration of local Japanese culture and businesses organized by the team behind the street food festival YATAI MTL and RAMEN RAMEN.

"Japan Week highlights the best your city has to offer in connection with Japan in order to celebrate and discover the richness of this fascinating country," organizers wrote in a press release.

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Start practicing your slurp. A ramen festival will take place across Montreal this fall. From October 11 to 16, Ramen Ramen will see participating restaurants serve up their best noodle and broth concoctions for Montrealers to try.

Customers can then vote for their favourite on the festival's Facebook page. The restaurant with the most votes will win the People's Choice Award. A jury of people who actually know what they're talking about will vote for their favourite too.

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YATAI MTL, a festival of Japanese food and culture, is returning to Montreal's Mile End in its full form this June after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The three-day event will feature street food vendors and a market in a neighbourhood park, according to a press release shared with MTL Blog. Visitors will also be able to participate in on-site activities and "cultural programs."

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