The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will return once again to celebrate its 10th Anniversary on 24th February 2019 at Federations Square. As always, the festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, food and activities for all ages.
The City of Melbourne’s International Engagement portfolio Chair Cr Philip Le Liu says this year, the City of Melbourne celebrates our 40th anniversary of our first sister city relationship with Osaka, Japan. “The 10th annual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the special relationship that we share between our cities,” says Cr Le Liu. “This festival explores Japan’s rich and vibrant culture and celebrates how our multicultural community has grown from its influence. We’re excited to welcome the 2019 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival to the city for everyone to enjoy.”
Experience the vibrancy of Japanese culture from a variety of performances including local song and dance groups. This festival will not only be featuring traditional acts such as Taiko drumming and Okinawan folk music, but also contemporary dance performances. With a diverse variety of vendors lined up, you can also do a little retail therapy. For the creative and fashionable ones, take a peek at the work of local artist inspired by Japanese textiles, fashion and scenery. Of course, you can purchase these works of art too!
Get involved by joining the Bon Dance, a traditional festival dance to honour the spirits of one’s ancestors. Test your skill (and luck) by trying out the traditional festival games such as a yo-yo and toy-fishing. Or sign up for the Best Dressed Award and see if your Traditional or Cosplay outfit is the best out of all festival goers. There are prizes to be won for being best dressed, so come to the festival in an outfit and don’t miss out on the fun!
Relieve the heat of a summer’s day, by sipping on a refreshing Japanese beer by the River Terrace. Under 18s can also keep cool by savouring some chilled treats like snow cones or ramune. Whilst you’re there, check out the food stalls offering a delicious, authentic taste of Japan. From the classic festival favourites like takoyaki, okonomiyaki and yakitori, to stir-fried gyoza and salmon tataki, there is certainly something for everyone.
The festival will conclude with the drawing of the highly anticipated raffle at the end of the afternoon. Make sure to get your tickets before they run out, because this year’s grand prize is a pair of Economy return tickets to Tokyo with Japan Airlines! This fantastic cultural experience is sure to entertain all your friends and family, and is definitely an afternoon not to be missed.