Botanic garden turns japanese

TURNING Japanese was all the rage at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

There was Japanese food, Japanese games, Japanese clothes, Japanese kites and even Japanese combat.

Koinobori kites flying over the lake in the Japanese section of Botanic Garden set the scene for Japanese Children's Day in the garden.

The koinobori - huge kites in the shape of carp, were donated to Coffs Harbour by our sister city in Japan, the city of Sasebo.

More kites have been contributed this year - the third year in which Coffs Harbour has celebrated Children's Day in the Japanese section of the Garden.

Coffs Harbour City councillor Rodney Degens donned Japanese dress to delight the children by helping them fold coloured paper into origami.

Visitors were able to wade over the red-painted Japanese bridge to admire the colourful flags, banners and kites, listen to the story tellers and admire the miniature trees and forests created by the bonsai garden artists.

Scrolls were painted with Japanese characters using the ancient writing technique of using an ink block and brushes.



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