Ja­panese sum­mer

A fes­ti­val in­tro­duc­ing Ja­panese cul­ture and tra­di­tions to Queen­stown­ers...

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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.

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