San Gennaro Festival サン・ジェナーロ祭

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San Gennaro Festival サン・ジェナーロ祭

Last week on my way home from dinner I was suddenly bombarded by the sound of loud music and happy voices. It was the Fall Festival, or Aki Matsuri, near my home, so I decided to attend. I always enjoy these festivals, especially when they are selling food and drink. I often buy an amazake, a sweet drink made from fermented rice.

I have to admit, though, that my favorite festival is probably the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy, New York, mainly because they sell delicious Italian sausage sandwiches. I first experienced the festival several years ago when I was working at a studio near Little Italy. I was able to enjoy the energy and food of the festival several times during the duration of the event, which lasts 11 days.

For those of you who don’t know, the festival celebrates the life of San Gennaro, who is a hero in Naples, Italy. It takes place every year in September. Yes, it’s the backdrop for the scene in Godfather II where Vito Corleone kills Don Fanucci. And again! In Godfather III when Vincent Corleone kills Joey Zasa. Unfortunately, as the economy of New York continues to change, the size of Little Italy has grown smaller and smaller. It would be a real shame if Little Italy and the festival were to disappear forever.

Oct 12, 2023



そうそう、フランシス・フォード・コッポラ監督の映画『ゴッドファーザー』シリーズのファンの方はピンとくるかもしれませんね。「PART II」でヴィトー・コルレオーネ(ロバート・デ・ニーロ)がドン・ファヌッチを暗殺するシーン、そして「PART III」でヴィンセント・コルレオーネがジョーイ・ザザを殺すシーン、どちらも舞台はこのサン・ジェナーロ祭です。


2023年 10月 12日