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The world could be your oyster in Aichi

by Sang Woo Kim

Staff Writer

In Peru, the largest Incan festival, Inti Raymi (Festival of Sun), takes place on June 25 in honor of Inti, the sun god. In Japan, those in Aichi Prefecture on June 14 and 15 can celebrate, too, by enjoying performances by the Andean folk trio Ekekos, who will honor Inti by playing traditional panflutes at the Little World Museum of Man, near Nagoya.

The Little World Museum of Man is a bit like a life-size version of Disneyland’s It’s a Small World ride. Here, visitors can see and enter traditional-style housing, wear traditional folk costumes and try foods from 11 countries.

This month, the venue celebrates South America with Latin Festa, a presentation of music and traditional dishes from various parts of the continent. On June 21 and 22, salsa band Orquesta Yambe de Nagoya will play concerts three times a day at the Peruvian Landlord Residence, while at the Peruvian Cafeteria El Patio, you’ll find dishes such as pollo a la brasa (charcoal-grilled chicken). Be quick if you’re determined to try the chicken, though, servings will be limited to 10 per day. Until June 22, alfajor, a popular traditional sweet of Latin America and Spain, here made in the Argentine macaroon style, will also be available.

The Latin Festa takes place at the Little World Museum of Man, near Nagoya, from June 14 to 22. Concerts start at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission to the “Little World” is ¥1,700 for adults and ¥700 for children. For more information, visit www.littleworld.jp.