The event welcomed 55,000 people last year and set itself apart from any other community events held at the venue. The event is sponsored by the the Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney, other Japanese government agencies and Japanese corporations and companies, the Japan Club of Sydney, Japanese Society of Sydney Inc., and the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sydney Inc. this year.
On the main stage, there will be dynamic performances of Taiko drums, traditional Japanese dancing, Japanese folk dance ‘Yosakoi Soran’ (a crowd favourite every year!) – you will be taken through the full spectrum of Japanese performing arts. Also at the festival will be all sorts of exhibitors – from all over Japan – where you’ll get to have a taste of different Japanese destinations and activities. Of course, there will be plenty of Japanese festival foods to fill you up, plus they are licensed for alcohol!
It’s not just about seeing and eating. There is also an experiential element to Matsuri. Experience the art of tea, ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and calligraphy first hand. This year, there’ll be a workshop (with cost) held for kids to try out carrying a ‘o-Mikoshi’, which is a portable version of a shrine (usually gets paraded through its local area during a matsuri). It’ll be a fantastic day for all ages!
If you’ve been to a Matsuri in the past, expect to be blown away some more. And for those yet to experience Matsuri, here is the Japan fix you have been craving for!
|Date||8th December, 2018|
|Time||11.30 〜 19.30|
|Venue||Tumbalong Park (Darling Harbour)|
|Address||11 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000|