If you are a child of the ’80s or early ’90s, perhaps one of your most nostalgic summer memories involved sliding down a plastic sheet while cool jets of water blasted you from each side. Ah, the Slip’N Slide!
Even if you suffered from its numerous hazards—brush burns when the water was insufficient, or cuts from the invisible objects hidden underneath—it was still a damn good time. In today’s overly cautious world, the Slip’N Slide surprisingly maintains backyard supremacy, with extreme versions like “Monster Splash”—guaranteeing the biggest splash ever—and “Splash’N Bowl” now available. And while paralysis is still a risk factor for those over the age of 10, according to the good old Consumer Product Safety Commission and a few recorded cases, that shouldn’t stop us adults from taking a slide down memory lane ourselves.
“Slide the City,” which took place on July 16-17, provided this opportunity. Like the Color Run, it’s yet another trendy themed annual event hailing from the U.S., and was first introduced to Japan last year. This event—billed as the ultimate street party that just happens to have several 300-meter slides involved—is one of the newest, most popular ways to channel childhood—with booze to boot. (Don’t bring your own though, lest you face the security’s wrath!)
There’s a long list of DJs taking care of the street party side, jamming on a huge outdoor stage. And of course, your tell-tale food and beverage stands will provide necessary sustenance. Changing areas are provided at the festival, so the organizers highly discourage stripping down at other public places.
Tickets for next year’s slide will be available for purchase online, in English and Japanese. Beware that this year’s event sold out fast, so be sure to check their website well in advance. All access passes are ¥5,500 a pop (¥3,500 for kids), which includes unlimited sliding for your time slot, access to the music area, and an original swimming tube. If you’re rolling in the big bucks, you can opt for the VIP ticket (¥15,000), which gives you five fast passes: priority to the slides. You will receive a wristband specifically for you, so no passing along the fun.
Beat that summer heat the best way possible!
Slide the City was held over Jul 16-17, 10am-9pm. Yume-no-Hiroba & Yume-no-Ohashi, 1-4 Aomi, Koto-ku. Nearest station: Tokyo Teleport. http://slidethecity.jp/.