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Matsuri Japan Festival, Darling Harbour 2017

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The biggest Celebration of Japanese Culture in Sydney
Back in September, some of you may have experienced the mini Matsuri in Wiloughby, if you missed it, you can attend Sydney's largest Japanese Matsuri festival on Saturday 9 December 2017 at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. There will be plenty of Japanese food, drinks, dance and the biggest sumo demonstration in the country.

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Japanese sake

Held each year, Matsuri is to celebrate Japanese culture and cross-cultural friendship between the Japanese and Australians.This special event is turning into a popular summer staple for Sydneysiders! It is expected over 30,000 visitors will partake this special event.

You will find many Japanese festival attractions at Matsuri, including Japanese food stalls, beer garden and gorgeous Japanese items.

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Japanese Totoro character

If you want to understand Japanese culture, you should participate in the traditional arts and crafts workshops with activities like origami and calligraphy at the exhibition booths. If you like your matcha, do not miss out on the authentic tea ceremonies.

Live stage performances range from taiko drumming to breathtaking karate and sumo demonstrations, with plenty more music and dance performances events lined up for an unforgettable day.

Highlight live performances:

MOSAIC Japanese Folk Dance
Junko & Fera Japanese Dance
Wadaiko Rindo Sydney
Sydney Sakura Chior
Kimono show

There are so much on offer at this free all-day festival.

Japan is a country with unique custom and tradition. And, it is the true origin for any Japanese anime and cosplay fans. So, don't be surprised if you meet some friendly Cosplay characters on the day.

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Japanese Food Stall

Of course, there will be lots of food stalls offering delicious Japanese festival food.You will have difficulty deciding between takoyaki, curry, sushi bento box, gyoza, various fried food and green tea ice cream at this year's Matsuri. You can also buy hard-to-get authentic Japanese confectioneries and snacks.

Last year, we enjoyed our time at the Sake Garden. It will return this year so you can sample some famous Japanese liquors from Shirataki Sake Brewery, Choya and Club Grand Hit.

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Festival Food Spread

Come and explore Japan for a day - you will be in love with Japan by the end of it. It will be an exciting massive one-day event, so don't miss out!
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Why? Sydney's largest annual Japanese Festival
When: 11am – 7:30pm
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Free admission
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