Festival pays homage to all things Japanese

Thursday, 29 August 2019 

The South West Festival of Japan returns to Bunbury for the second year after a hugely successful event in 2018. 

This year’s event will celebrate the culture of Japan through arts, crafts, workshops, music, popular culture, food and more. 

The festival has been partly funded by the City of Bunbury’s Grant Funding Program and hosted by Your Turn Events. Simcoa Operations and WAPRES have come on board as major sponsors of the event. 

Introducing a unique format to festival goers it will be a walking festival with activities taking place at various locations throughout the Bunbury CBD. 

It will begin at the City-owned-and-operated Bunbury Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 7 September where people will be given a map enabling them to discover all things Japanese as they take a journey through the CBD. 

They will also be handed a festival passport which will be stamped at each of the locations. Completed passports will go into a draw to win a variety of Japanese-themed items. 

Entertainment will include Japanese drumming performances, traditional Japanese dance, and martial arts. 

There will be Japanese Tea Ceremony and also Kimono wearing demonstrations as well as free workshops in origami and Japanese calligraphy. 

Paid workshops will include Japanese Sweet Art and Gyotaku Fish printing. Cosplay artists will also be a feature of the festival. 

Festival goers can taste Japanese food from Kokoro, Paddies Patties and Tokyo Baby Cakes. 

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the festival was a great way for the community to immerse itself in Japanese culture. 

“The City of Bunbury honours its Sister City relationship with the Japanese city of Setagaya and the South West Festival of Japan celebrates this connection,” Mayor Brennan said. 

“I encourage everyone to attend this community event.” 

Your Turn Events Event Manager Renee Morrison said she was excited to bring the festival back to Bunbury. 

“Come and experience Japanese culture right in our very own city,” Ms Morrison said. 

The South West Festival of Japan will be on Saturday 7 September at 10am to 4pm. 

As well as the festival taking place on Saturday there will also be a Japanese Film Festival Regional held on Friday and Saturday at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre. For tickets and more information visit https://www.bunburyentertainment.com/whats-on/japanese-film-festival-regional-2019/  

A bonsai workshop will be held at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday. For more information please contact enquiry@bonsaisocietywa.com