LITTLE TOKYO: The Japanese Festival of Children's Day.
LITTLE TOKYO: The Japanese Festival of Children's Day.

Celebrate the Koi Festival in fine Japanese style

TOMORROW'S Japanese Children's Day Festival has been held annually at the Japanese gardens section of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden since 2011, and attracts a large crowd.

The gardens were donated by the Japanese sister city of Sasebo, along with 100 koinobori flags to be flown on Children's Day.

"The festival in Japan celebrates the personality of the child and their journey through life, which is symbolised by the koi fish who overcome many obstacles on their journey upstream to reach their breeding ground," John Vickars of the Koi Society said.

The festival in the past has been run by Coffs Harbour City Council, with assistance from major stakeholders the Australian Koi Society, Australia Japan Society, Bonsai Society and various cultural groups.

There will be taiko drummers and dancers and taiko drumming workshops for children to try out their drumming skills.

The Koi Society and Bonsai Society will hold their annual shows and there will be spectacular displays of large multi- coloured koi fish and expertly crafted bonsai trees.

Some of the performers during the day are:

  • Wadaiko Rindo Sydney (Japanese drum);
  • Junko Hirabayashi (Japanese traditional Fujima dance); and,
  • Kiyomi Calwell (taiko drumming).

There will also be displays of karate and samurai sword fighting displays.

For something a bit different and fun for the whole family, the festival will also feature a traditional Japanese water melon smashing competition (suikawari).

Attendees can also try their hand at the Japanese arts of origami and calligraphy, while children can enjoy face painting and colouring competitions.

Lots of delicious food and a very affordable entrance fee by a gold coin donation.

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