A festival introducing Japanese culture and traditions to Queenstowners...
Summer will be celebrated in Japanese tradition as Natsu Matsuri makes a comeback to Queenstown.
Last year’s Japanese festival attracted over 1000 visitors and raised about $3000 for the Japanese Family Society.
Society chairwoman Fumiko Novak said the traditional Natsu Matsuri festival would showcase Japanese culture and art.
‘‘We want to celebrate the culture and introduce our traditions to Queenstowners.’’
Sake testing, a tea ceremony, kendo and karate demonstrations, Bon dance, classic music and raffle prizes are included in the programme for February 18. Novak said she wanted everyone, no matter what age or nationality, to have fun.
Money raised would go towards the Japanese library and kid’s club activities.
After participating in last year’s festival, Mina Nakazawa, 8, said she was excited about the event. She loved dancing and would be a part of the traditional Bon dance show. Novak said children would have many activities to participate in, including Mikoshi.
’’We are going to do a temporary portable Mikoshi shrine. At festivals in Japan you carry it around town, but we might just stay inside the Memorial Hall.’’
Last year, not expecting a huge number of visitors, food stalls ran out of food. ‘‘This year we will bring more food. Sushi Box and Summa’s Sushi caravan will be prepared.’’
What: Japanese Summer Festival Where: Queenstown Memorial Hall When: Saturday, February 18, 10.30am Tickets: gold coin donation. Craft clubrooms 44b Inniscort St. Inquiries 4451359. New members welcome.
Kaya Washer and Mina Nakazawa are excited about the festival.