Japan Matsuri 2015

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London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns on Saturday, 19 September in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this free annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family.

This year we are celebrating a special 150th anniversary of friendship between London and Japan and the story of the Satsuma Students from Kagoshima. 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 10.00am and runs through till 8.00pm. 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. There is also the opportunity to join in with 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.

Japan Matsuri is organised jointly by the Japan Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Society, and Nippon club, with support from the Embassy of Japan.

Come and meet Japan Society staff at our stall on the north terrace in front of the National Gallery (opposite St. Martin in the Fields).

Date: Saturday 19 September 2015, 10.00am – 8.00pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

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