祭 Japan Matsuri 2017



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Sunday, 24th September 2017, 10am – 8pm
at Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

Japan Matsuri 2016

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Radio Taiso (NHK) , Aozasa Shishi-Odori Dance Troupe and Tezuma

 

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London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – took place in 2016 on Sunday 25th September. In its 8th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brought people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It again proved a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. All absolutely free!

In 2016 we had special appearances from a number of renowned Japanese performers, some of whom appeared for the very first time in the UK. Thanks to the generous support of the Japan Foundation  the spectacular Aozasa Shishi Odori (deer dancers), made their UK début with a dynamic dance routine. We welcomed back the extremely popular Radio Taiso musical exercise team who got thousands of people in Trafalgar Square to swing and stretch in unison, always an amazing sight. The unmissable Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers captivated the audience with their mighty thunder drum sound while magician Taiju Fujiyama dazzled with his traditional Japanese magic.

 

Join us again in 2017

As in previous years, everything will kick off bright and early at 10am and the action will run non-stop all the way through until 8pm in the evening. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day with an exciting main stage programme and amazing displays of martial arts on the second stage. Swing to the beat of taiko drumming or sing along to catchy songs from popular artists like Naomi Suzuki on the main stage. We even offer you the public a chance to sing to the crowds if you fancy joining in our ever popular Nodojiman karaoke singing contest! In 2017 we will be celebrating Japan in the UK and showcasing some of the best and brightest talent in this country – do get in touch with the performance team if you would like to be involved.

Enjoy the atmosphere with delicious Japanese festival food from a host of brightly coloured stalls. Join in the fun in the family activities area with traditional Japanese games and opportunities to learn origami and Japanese calligraphy or dress up in traditional Japanese costumes. There will also be a massive nine metre long canvas upon which you can draw your own creations right in front of the National Gallery!

 

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