Full menu to choose from at Japanese Day

JAPANESE yoga, origami and watermelon smashing were all on the agenda on Sunday as the Coffs Coast momentarily turned Japanese.

 

About 5,000 people made the most of the beautiful weather and headed to the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden for the Japanese Festival of Children's Day, up almost 1,000 from last year's event.

Families enjoyed games organised by the Girl Guides of Coffs Harbour and the council, Japanese yoga and workshops in calligraphy, origami, Manga mask making and kite making and the Japanese Mosaic Folk Group got everyone up learning a traditional Japanese folk dance.

Coffs Harbour City Council's cultural development officer Malcolm McLeod said both the council and the Friends of the Botanic Garden are excited by the success of the event.

"The fun the children had throughout the day was the main highlight of this major community event - most activities were free to the community," Mr McLeod said.

"The sight of 200 Koinobori carp flags from our sister city of Sasebo is always a huge highlight of the day. That partnership is now in its 25th year.

"Council and the Friends of the Botanic Garden are thrilled with the growth of this now major calendar event on the Coffs Coast and would like to thank all the volunteers and staff who make this day possible - especially the children and parents who attend in larger numbers every year.

"It's always a memorable community day in our beautiful botanic garden."

The gold coin donation requested by the Friends of the Botanic Garden goes back into growing Japanese Festival of Children's Day every year.



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