Japanese kites added plenty of colour to the Japanese Festival of Children’s Day.
Japanese kites added plenty of colour to the Japanese Festival of Children’s Day. Leigh Jensen

2000 attend Japanese festival

A SEA of colour, music and smiles featured at the Japanese Festival of Children’s Day at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens yesterday.

More than 2000 people of all ages enjoyed the entertainment in the Japanese section of the garden.

Alika Clerc visited the festival with her grandmother.

“I like the face painting,” the youngster said.

Her grandma, Margo, enjoyed the culture of the day.

“I think the earlier the kids learn about multi-culturalism the better,” Ms Clerc said.

“The day was great with brilliant entertainment.”

Traditional food, stories, calligraphy, bonsai and 200 stunning Koinobori carp flags, given to Coffs Harbour by sister city Sasebo, added to the ambience.

Entertainment included drums, martial arts displays, traditional dance, anime fashion parades and a watermelon race. Pampering was also available with nail art and massages on offer.

The Japanese Festival of Children’s Day is a national holiday in Japan.

The holiday comes from an ancient story about carp, which swam up a waterfall and turned into dragons.



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