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Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival

Mark Sunday May 6 in your diaries, because Adelaide’s largest Japanese cultural festival, Kodomo no Hi, is on.

What is Kodomo no Hi?

Kodomo no Hi is Adelaide’s largest Japanese cultural festival.

The popular Japanese festival is a celebration of all things Japanese – food and drinks, music, performances, tea ceremony, origami, martial arts and more.

Now in its 23rd year, the festival also promotes the friendship between Australia and Japan, highlighting traditional and modern Japanese culture in Adelaide. This is all thanks to organisers Japan Australia Friendship Association (JAFA) who recognise and celebrate Adelaide’s link with Japan, which goes back over 100 years.

Fun Facts

  • Kodomo no Hi is a Japanese national holiday, which takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month.
  • Kodomo no Hi means ‘Children’s Day’.
  • The day respects children’s personalities and celebrates their happiness.
  • Families fly koinobori or carp streamers – a symbol of determination and vigor – for each child in their house. Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto helmets are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery.

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