London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – JAPAN MATSURI* – returns on Saturday, 19th September 2015 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family. And it’s FREE!
This year we are celebrating a special anniversary of 150 years of friendship between London and Japan and the story of the Satsuma Students from Kagoshima. (Read all about their inspirational story here.)
We have special appearances from a number of acts from Kagoshima including the spectacular IZAKU TAIKO ODORI (Izaku Drum Dancers), the brave samurai character SATSUMA KENSHI HAYATO and GURIBU, Kagoshima’s yurukyara mascot.
Everything kicks off at 10 am and runs through till 8 pm. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day with an exciting programme of martial arts, the thrilling sounds of taiko drumming, festival dance and this year’s special JAPAN MATSURI SONG. Fancy joining in the ever popular Nodojiman karaoke contest!
Enjoy the atmosphere with Japanese festival food from the numerous stalls. Join in the fun in the family activities area with games and dressing in kimono. Try your hand Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.
Look out for regular updates to the programme here and on Facebook and Twitter. Come and join in the festival fun!
Japan Matsuri is organized by Japan Matsuri Ltd. – comprising the Japan Association in the UK, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, the Japan Society and the Nippon Club – and also the Embassy of Japan.
*matsuri means ‘festival’ in Japanese