Celebrate all things Japanese!
The South West Festival of Japan is being held as part of the year long festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Bunbury and Setagaya sister city relationship. The City of Setagaya is located within the Tokyo metropolitan region and is one of the 23 large urban wards that make up Tokyo.
With a population of nearly 900,000 Setagaya is predominantly a residential area steeped in cultural tradition with large areas set aside for parklands and public recreation. Indeed, Setagaya is said to have the best natural environment in Tokyo with almost a quarter of city land devoted to this purpose.
The city is also recognised as one of Japan’s leading business and cultural centres, with wholesaling, retailing and restaurants making up half of the businesses in an area rich with cultural and sporting facilities such as the Setagaya Art Museum and Komazawa Olympic Park.
This Festival will bring together local and not so local business, organisations and community members who have a passion for all things Japanese. Expect to find craft activities for kids, market stalls selling Japanese products including food and games, as well as information on studying, working and travelling in Japan. With demonstrations including martial arts, bonsai, origami and ikebana there is bound to be something for everyone.
The entertainment schedule will be released closer to the event day.