2016: Activity Tent

Family Fun in the Activity Tent & at the Matsuri Art Wall

Japan Matsuri 2016 offers a truly fantastic family fun day with our much loved traditional Japanese games and great opportunities to learn the secrets of origami & Japanese calligraphy. There is also a chance to be a manga artist and display your masterpiece in front of the National Gallery.


Activity Tent

Throughout the day in the Activity Tent there will be an opportunity to play traditional Matsuri games and to learn a variety of Japanese crafts. We will be running origami, calligraphy and manga art & drawing workshops during the day.


Origami at the Activity Tent

The British Origami Society (London) will be demonstrating the amazing art of origami and displaying some of their fantastic creations. If you would like to try your hand at origami or learn to make something special by folding paper, just call by and see how the origami wizards do it. The British Origami Society has over 40 years of history with members worldwide. For more information on the Society, have a look at their website: http://www.britishorigami.info.


Japanese Water Ball Game 水ヨーヨー at the Activity Tent

Have a go at the traditional Japanese water ball game. Can you fish the brightly coloured balls out of the water? – Challenge your family & friends – it’s lots of fun for everyone! Organized by the Ishikawa family & friends.


Manga Art at the Activity Tent

A group of talented Manga artists led by Elena Vitagliano will run a variety of activities on the art of drawing Manga. There will also be an opportunity for you to have your own personalized manga portrait made. Find out more:





Japanese Calligraphy Art Workshops at the Activity Tent

Try your hand at drawing Japanese kanji characters and experience the true beauty of Japanese calligraphy. See how the professionals do it and look at our mini-exhibition and demonstrations by students. During the day we offer small calligraphy workshops and demonstrations of calligraphy – learn how to write Japanese characters. Find out more at Kashuu Japanese Calligraphy Art :



The Matsuri Art Wall – in front of the National Gallery

Matsuri Art Wall Competition (10:00 – 13:30)

In front of the National Gallery you will find the amazing Matsuri Art Wall. It’s a massive 9 metre long canvas upon which you the public can draw your own fantastic creations right in front of the nation’s most famous art gallery. The 2016 Matsuri Art Wall theme is “Japan reaching out to the world” – prizes will be given for the best drawings. Come and create your own masterpiece!



Try on a Yukata at Matsuri Art Wall (14:00 – 15:00)

We offer you the chance to try on beautiful Japanese yukata costumes and to learn a little about traditional Japanese dress.


Children of the World Artwork at Matsuri Art Wall

Artwork from Japanese children affected by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes, Burundi street children, Syrian refugee children and special needs children in London will decorate the Matsuri Art Wall boarder. Our thanks for helping arrange this to the children & adults from Kashuu Japanese Calligraphy Art, West London Citizens UK, Children’s Club (C-Club) at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Christ the Saviour Primary School, the Matsuri Art Wall Team & the Manga Artists Team.


Mystery Mascot at the Matsuri Art Wall – (15:00 – 17:30)

A life-size mystery Japanese mascot will be making appearances at the Matsuri Art Wall during the afternoon.