The annual Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival was held on 2nd May attracting a record attendance of 10,000 people this year. Held at the Thebarton Community Centre in Adelaide, the festival is organizedá by the Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA). Over 150 volunteers contributed to the 25th holding of the festival.
In keeping with the festivalĺs name, there were a myriad of hands-on Japanese cultural activities that children and children at heart could experience; from giant karuta card games to calligraphy and train simulations of the Japan rail network. Nobody left hungry with around 30 food stalls available to choose from, and many other stall holders had all aspects of Japanese culture on display.
The main stage carried performances right throughout the day including Japanese folk songs and dancing, kamishibai storytelling and the energetic Noriko Tadano playing the shamisen. Many other demonstrations took place throughout the festival including martial arts and mochitsuki. Also the maid cafÚ was a hit once again with DJ Shibuya pumping out some tracks in the background.
Congratulations to Mike Dunphy and the JAFA Committee for another great success.