Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2018 will be held at Thebarton Community Centre at Corner of South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville on Sunday 6 May 2018 from 11am – 4pm.
Origami (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
This event is organised by JAFA (Japan Australia Friendship Association) and is the biggest Japanese festival in Adelaide. It has been held annually since 1995 and attracts about 5,000 visitors. This festival is packed with Japanese crafts, food, activities, performances and displays.
We have attended the festival twice and noticed that there were some common popular stalls and performances. Bonsai, the Japanese art of long-term cultivation and shaping of miniature trees in trays or low sided pots was a popular attraction with the adults, while children were keen participants at origami learning stations. The demonstrations of Japanese martial arts (Judo, Kendo, Aikido etc) by both adults and children were another crowd pleaser.
Train related displays, games and simulators was another busy station at the festival, with people waiting for their turns to try their hands at the games and simulators.
Okonomiyaki (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The festival organisers did a good job to ensure that there was enough variety and quantity of food to feed the crowd. We like to buy our food early because queues built up at most of the food stalls as the day progressed. Other attractions at the festival included performances of Japanese songs, musical instruments and drumming; displays/opportunities to participate in Japanese activities like calligraphy, Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement), Tea Ceremony and Kimono Wearing.
Historical facts: Kodomo no Hi, also known as Children's day, is a festival held in Japan dedicated to celebrating the happiness of children and their gratitude towards their mothers. A fun fact is that the festival was originally for boys before being changed to include both genders.
Entry is $2 per person or $5 per family. Attendees are encouraged to come in Japanese costumes.
Click here for details on the program, performances, activities, displays and stalls at the festival. This site also provides information on the location and how to get there by private and public transport.