This festival was special as it was the 17th year of the sister cities- Matsudo and Australia. Here there were not as many people as the last time and it was in the same place as always- the Box Hill Town Hall.
It was $5 to get in and people with kimonos on came for free. The money went to the Kumamoto earthquake relief as well as to the organisers to pay the rent for this place.
Here this was on a sunny Sunday where the kids enjoyed playing games. Inside there was taiko drumming and the usual education stalls. The TAFE carpark was really busy at 12:30pm but everything was so overpriced that I just settled on takoyaki and donuts from the donut van.
There was a kimono contest and the best outfit won. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to put one on properly as there are so many ties.
Here we were able to vote on the best artworks done by school students and the best one wins a great prize.
Seeing the Japanese trains were great fun. I wish Melbourne had the same sort
What would you like to see at next year’s festival? Drop me a line below.