Founded in 2006, the Matsuri Japan Festival has grown in popularity to become the biggest one in the southern hemisphere. Last years numbers of over 55,000 people in attendance backs up this theory and it's ready to happen again. Saturday 8 December 2018 from 11.30am to 7.30pm, Tumbalong Park (Darling Harbour) at 11 Harbour St, Sydney is going to be abuzz with activities and fun times to be had by all.
This is a free all-ages event, however you do need to register for this cross-cultural event that celebrates Australia's multiculturalism. The full program will be announced closer to date, so keep in touch via the event page and Facebook page for updates.
One event that can be confirmed is that Mews Australia will be back on Matsuri's stage. Making a special appearance with their brand new performance, this professional, award-winning, Love Live based performance group will have you eating out of the palms of their hands. In the short amount of time since they've been putting on shows in 2017, they have been featured in blogs, newspapers and television. It's going to be an enjoyable and unforgettable performance for all.
Ren Yano will give a different kind of performance. As the Japanese Calligraphy Master, he'll be giving a live performance on stage. An artist that specialises in Shodo - Japanese traditional calligraphy, his work can be seen all over NSW through his exhibitions and he has been involved in many performances and workshops. A little bit of trivia you might not be aware of, amongst his many accolades, he participated in the production of Hollywood's Wolverine-Samurai (2013) as a Japanese calligrapher in Fox, and The Gods of Egypt (2016) in Fox as a set finisher.
The sounds of Japanese drumming is something that brings people together in awe at the skill and precision of timing in Wadaiko drumming. It's no surprise they're a part of Matsuri. Wadaiko Rindo is a Sydney branch of the equally famous and popular Wadaiko Rindo in Melbourne, led by Master Toshi Sakamoto who established a Japanese Taiko performing group in 1996. Be energised and amazed and enjoy sounds of taiko drums come festival day.
For the kawaii lovers, follow Sanrio Puroland on Instagram now, so when you arrive at the festival and visit their booth, you'll get a fun surprise. Five lucky people visiting the booth will get to take home two entry passes each to visit them, so get following and get your Hello Kitty fix! Meow!
If you love all things Japanese, this is the festival for you. There'll be Japanese food stalls, a beer garden, and gorgeous Japanese items that just might fit the bill as a great stocking filler. The exhibition booths will have traditional arts and cultural experiences of Japanese calligraphy, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, origami, cultural workshops, exciting performances and more. On stage, thus far, in addition to the above mentioned, there'll be a karate demonstration, J-Pop and Cosplay show and more throughout the day.
Just watch out for those festival details when it comes to hand closer to date. Meanwhile, put the date in your diary, and register to attend the event, so you don't miss out!