Coffs Harbour's turning Japanese on Sunday
CHILDREN, parents, carers, grandparents and the simply young-at-heart are all invited to come along to the Japanese Festival of Children's Day on Sunday.
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight said the FREE annual event at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden is growing in popularity.
"Every year, the Festival draws in bigger and bigger crowds," Cr Knight said.
"As well as all the fun family activities and great food, it's the only chance we get to see all the 200 Koinobori carp flags flying at the Japanese Garden."
Headline performers are, once again, the ever-popular and dramatic 15-piece Taiko Drumming group.
Also on offer will be karate and judo demonstrations, traditional Japanese dance performed by a troupe from Sydney, games and traditional Japanese story-telling, animé fashion, kite flying, bonsai displays and workshops, origami workshops, calligraphy, manga mask design sessions and kite-making.
The Coffs Harbour branch of the Koi Society of Australia will be holding their first Annual Show as part of the Festival, which will include a display of Koi fish and an information booth on this 200-year-old pastime.
International Judge Kate McGill from the UK, assisted by Gerard and Kazuyo McDonald, will select the prize-winning fish.
At this year's Festival there will also be even more food to choose from with sushi, Japanese BBQ, traditional melonpan bread, Devonshire teas, confectionery, cold drinks, coffee and tea.
Families can also choose to bring their own picnics, although alcohol is not allowed.
The Festival will celebrate its seventh birthday this year. It is based on the traditional Japanese Festival of Children's Day which stems from an ancient Chinese story about carp that swam up a waterfall and turned into dragons. As a result, the carp, or koi in Japanese, became symbols of perseverance.