Japan’s Lonely Planet for local festivals around the world ‘Event Carnival’ fundraises



Tokyo-based Carnival, a startup behind the platform sharing experience on festivals ‘EventCarnival‘, announced today it has raised an undisclosed amount from Japanese investment firm East Ventures.

The platform provides information in English about local festivals and events around the world, ranging from traditional rituals to nightclub events. The company’s marketing team is in Thailand, content production team is in the Philippines, and system development team is in Vietnam. They will use the funds to strengthen their workforce in these three Asian countries. The company says it will soon add a new function allowing users to find other users to visit festivals or events together.

EventCarnival was launched in May. Prior to that, the company’s founder and CEO Kota Saito had co-founded the startup Social Recruiting, where he had been serving as COO. He was subsequently involved in business development of an English conversation school in India where he came up with the idea of Event Carnival.