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The traditional Nara Candle Festival won't be going ahead in Canberra this year but there is still cause to celebrate. This year, the event will celebrate the sister city relationship with Itadakimasu - Canberra Nara Foodie Weekend which will run from 22 - 25 October across Canberra.
Itadakimasu means "Let's eat!" in Japanese and with over 20 participating restaurants and eateries joining in to offer a range of experiences from fine dining to Japanese takeaway or even a refreshing green tea ice cream, there really will be something for everyone and every budget!
This celebration allows Canberrans to celebrate the sister city relationship with Nara and also get out to support local businesses - all you need to do is enjoy some delicious Japanese food! There will be venues all over the city taking part with both formal and informal offerings. A full list is included at the end of this article. You can also get involved by checking out the Japanese clubs, community groups, supermarkets and stores around Canberra. For details, check out the Nara Candle Festival website.
And while the candles won't be lit this year, you can still enjoy the a visit to the Canberra Nara Peace Park which was a gift to the people of Canberra from the people of Nara. If you visit, time it to coincide with the opportunity to strike the Rotary Peace Bell (from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October).
IORI | 41 East Row Canberra
LAZY SU | 1/9 Lonsdale Street Braddon
RAKU | 148 Bunda Street Canberra
BABY SU | Corner of West Row & Alinga Street Canberra
MOOKIE | 4A/21 Genge Street Canberra
MOOKIE | 13B Anketell Street South. Point Tuggeranong
RAIJIN JAPANESE CUISINE | Unit 3,4-6 Bennetts Close McKellar
SHIN SEN TEPPANYAKI | 71/2 Cape Street Dickson
SOI NOODLE BAR | Shop EG08 Canberra Centre, Bunda Street Canberra
SUPER BAO | Unit 240/6 Cape Street Dickson
TASUKE | 122 Alinga Street Canberra | 02 6257 9711