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Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival 2014

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
A Celebration of Children
The 19th Annual Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA) Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival will be held on Sunday 4th May at the Cowandilla Primary School

Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival
Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival (©paula mcmanus)

Kodomo no Hi means Children's Day and in Japan the day is a National Holiday where parents rejoice in their children's wellbeing.

At this unique family event, there will be lots of hands-on activities for the kids, as well as music performances and martial arts demonstrations. And traditional food too of course!

Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival
Bullet Train Simulator, Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival (©paula mcmanus)

You'll also see and be involved in:

Calligraphy and Origami
Bonsai Tree display
Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements)
Giant Karuta - a Japaenese card game
Be a Bullet Train driver on the train simulator and have fun on the model railway.
Traditional Japanese tea ceremony

Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival
Bonsai, Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival (©paula mcmanus)

While you're there, learn how to make and then fly a giant Koinobori (Carp) streamer. The streamer is a symbolic wish for good health and strength in children. The Japanese wish for their children to be strong like the carp - which swims upstream with determination against the current and overcomes life's obstacles.

Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival
Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival (©paula mcmanus)

Japanese families also display kabuto (samurai helmet) and samurai dolls representing Kintaro to symbolise courage.

Another symbol of strength is the offering of kashiwa-mochi, which is a rice cake stuffed with bean paste and wrapped in an oak leaf. Iris flowers are also placed in homes to ward off evil.

South Australia has had links with Japan for over 100 years and in 1982 became sister cities with Himeji Hyogo.

Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival
Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival (©paula mcmanus)

Entry is just $2 per person or $5 for the whole family. Free parking is available in the streets surrounding the school.
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Why? Children's Day, Japanese Style
When: Sunday 4th May 2014, 11am to 4pm
Where: Cowandilla Primary School, 21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla
Cost: $2 per person or $5 for the whole family
Your Comment
Hi Paula, thanks so much for doing a feature on the festival.

Just a quick correction, the entry fee is $2 per person, $5 per family.


Best regards,

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