A celebration of Australia’s love affair with our Japanese neighbours
The Japan Club of Sydney Inc has organised a celebration of everything Japanese, with the Matsuri Japan Festival on June 9, 2018.
The festival will take place in Centenary Square, Parramatta from 11am to 4pm and is supported by Multicultural NSW.
The event was organised to recognise the growing cross-cultural friendship between Australia and Japan, and will feature many Japanese food stalls, traditional arts and crafts workshops, and cultural stage performances.
Japan Club of Sydney advisor Kazuko Chalker said the event will develop the understanding of Japanese culture in Australia and its growing presence in a multicultural society.
“To celebrate Japanese culture and cross cultural friendship between Japanese and Australian people is to promote multiculturalism, understanding between other Ethnic community groups and Australian main stream society,” she said.
“We want to maintain and promote Japanese culture, where people can enjoy hands-on experiences of traditional arts and crafts like the tea ceremony, flower arranging, origami and calligraphy, and these traditional activities are a rare opportunity even for young Japanese-Australians.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of Australian residents born in Japan has grown by around 24 percent in the last 10 years.
The first recorded Japanese settler arrived in Australia in 1871, who migrated to work as an acrobat for a touring circus company.
In another recent report released by the ABS, Japan was ranked as the seventh favourite travel destination for Australians, with the nation seeing record numbers of people from Australia flocking to their shores for a vacation.
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