Inaugural Ethiopia Festival

The Ethiopian Embassy will hold its first Ethiopia Festival for three days from June 2 in Tokyo, hosting programs showcasing a wide range of Ethiopian culture, from coffee to traditional dances.

One main attraction is the Coffee Station. At the booth, visitors can sample brews made from selected Ethiopian beans at the cafe. The African country is considered the birthplace of coffee.

Demonstrations of the traditional coffee ceremony — typically performed by women who perform steps from roasting the beans to preparing the drink — will also be held.

The festival will also feature various dance and music acts on stage, including a performance by a folk dance company from Ethiopia.

At the Culture Village, visitors can take part in a workshop to create bookmarks using Ethiopian leather.

The festival venue is Symbol Promenade Park East in the Odaiba waterfront district. Admission is free. For more information, see ethiopiafestival.com.