Japanese Children’s Day Festival will be at the Botanic Garden on May 2.
Japanese Children’s Day Festival will be at the Botanic Garden on May 2.

Fun day in the Japanese Gardens

KOINOBORI will fly by the hundreds in Coffs Harbour’s Botanic Garden on May 2 for the fifth annual Japanese Children’s Day Festival hosted by the city.

The Japanese Gardens section of the Botanic Garden will play host to this free community event, which includes workshops on origami, calligraphy, manga masks, sushi making and the tea ceremony from 10am to 3pm.

This year the Japanese Children’s Day Festival will see performances by Kizuna, a 14-piece taiko drumming group and Mr Hitoshi Yano, a Japanese calligraphy and performance artist. Mr Yano, who combines dance and calligraphy, and performs in a samurai outfit, has performed at the National Art Gallery as well as overseas.

Coffs Harbour City Council cultural development officer Malcolm McLeod said Mr Yano would be creating a five metre by three metre work on special paper as a welcome to the Japanese Garden and this would later be mounted on Perspex as a permanent feature.

This year May 2 will see 200 koinobori in the air over the Garden, the gift of Coffs Harbour’s Japanese sister city, Sasebo.

The colourful carp-shaped windsocks are traditionally flown above houses in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day, Tango no Sekku.



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