Japan Matsuri festival celebrates friendship in 2016

Now in its eight year, the free annual Japanese cultural festival Japan Matsuri returns to London’s Trafalgar Square, taking place on Sunday the 25th September; and this year celebrating the 125 year friendship between the UK and Japan in what marks the founding of the Japan Society.

The event will feature Japanese festival food, Origami and Japanese Calligraphy lessons, martial arts displays, taiko drumming, sing along opportunities and much more.

Japan Matsuri

The organisers describe the event as follows:

“London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns this year on Sunday 25th September to Trafalgar Square, one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Now in its 8th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It’s a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. And it’s absolutely free!

This year we have special appearances from a number of renowned Japanese performers, some of who will be appearing for the very first time in the UK. There will be a dynamic dance routine from the spectacular Aozasa Shishi Odori (deer dancers), who will make their UK début thanks to the generous support of the Japan Foundation. This year also sees the return of the extremely popular Radio Taiso musical exercise team that get thousands of people in Trafalgar Square to swing and stretch in unison, always an amazing sight. The unmissable Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers will also captivate you with their mighty thunder drum sound while magician Taiju Fujiyama will dazzle you with traditional Japanese magic.”

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m at London’s Trafalgar Square (map below). For more on the event, visit the Japan Matsuri website here.