Meet Domo and Pikachu and more this weekend at the Japan Summer Festival
Summer has always been a time of fun and celebration for the Japanese, when they organise Summer festivals known as Matsuri. You and your family can get to join in the festivities here this weekend, at the National Stadium. Here’s what you can expect…
Cultural performances galore
Immerse yourself in a variety of traditional Japanese artforms, from taiko drumming to the Yosakoi ( a traditional dance usually performed at festivals). Each day will also conclude with the Bon Odori dance, where participants can take part in the traditional dance while wearing the Yukata.
Fun for all
The stadium premises will be transformed into a gigantic festival ground with more than 100 Japanese F&B, games, and merchandise booths as well as a center stage featuring 25 sensational stage performances by 24 groups and organisations from Japan and Singapore.
A delectable spread of yummy Japanese treats
Apart from the authentic Japanese F&B stalls serving dishes typically associated with festivals, visitors can also shop from a colourful array of Japanese merchandise including anime-related products, cosmetics and skin care products, tote bags, stationary, origami earrings, pre-packed snacks, toys, French-inspired hats, handmade spoon kits, artisanal accessories, and more.
Three themed zones with lots of fun
The carnival features several Pokémon-themed game stations and machines, where participants can test their hand-eye coordination skills in games including “Let’s Battle Pikachu”, “Squirtle Yo Rescue” and “Gengar Shadow Ball”.
Play like Japanese
At the Japanese Association’s Game Corner, there are five booths featuring traditional Summer Festival favourites including Yo-Yo Tsuri, a game involving fishing for water balloons using a frail paper string with a hook;Shateki, a game where participants can shoot their target prizes to win them; and Senbonbiki, a game where participants can choose from a multitude of strings to pull, to see if he or she can win prizes.
It’s an Anime fest too!
Anime lovers will find plenty of cool merch to buy and collect, along with a whole list of J-Party events throughout the day.