Celebrate Japanese holiday Kodomo no Hi with food trucks, live performances, and fun activities.
The holiday festival, which has been running in Adelaide since 1995, usually draws around 8,000 visitors. This year, the event will be at the Thebarton Community Centre on May 2 at 11am.
Guests can enjoy Japanese music, practice calligraphy and origami, explore various food trucks, try on kimonos, look at Japanese luxury cars, and watch live performances of martial arts and dance. There will also be a stall for beautiful Japanese flower arrangements, called ikebana.
Food trucks will include rolled ice cream from Freeze’n Roll, potatoes on a stick, and Japanese treats such as okonomiyaki (traditional pancakes) and desserts from Astonish Patisserie. Applications for even more food stalls are still open.
There will also be an array of performances, such as Japanese taiko drumming, a performance from the Adelaide Kimono Choir, and martial arts demonstrations. Renown Japanese artist Noriko Tadano will also be performing.
The festival, which is hosted by Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA), celebrates Japanese holiday Kodomo no Hi, which means Children’s Day. The holiday takes place annually on May 5 in Japan, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is the final celebration in Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.
Victoria Kyraakotoulos, JAFA’s festival coordinator and secretary, says guests can look forward to a lively event.
“It’s an energetic and fun day filled with Japanese culture, food, and performances,” she says.
Find the Thebarton Community Centre on Corner South Road.