JAFA's Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival is the biggest Japan festival in Adelaide. In 2015, the festival is celebrating 20 years. Click here to find out how you can participate and make the 20th anniversary something really special.
The day is filled with Japan-related performances, exhibitions, activities, food and stalls.
Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival has won a number of prestigious community awards.
Come along for a fun day for the whole family at this unique community event.
A big thank you to our sponsors!
What will I find at this year's festival?
Getting to the festival and parking at the festival
Stallholder, display holder and performer registrations are now OPEN.
In order to make the festival a success, we need the help of volunteers. Click here for more information.
Interested in Origami and Calligraphy?
The Koinobori Project is a project to make Japanese carp-streamers with schools as part of a cultural exchange with Himeji, Japan.
Monday 20th April - Koinobori fly in Victoria Square/Tartanyangga
Sunday 26th April - One day event, 'Come and make a koinobori' in Victoria Square/Tartanyangga
Monday 27th April - Koinobori leave Victoria Square/Tartanyangga
Sunday 3rd May - Koinobori fly at Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 11am-4pm
We are searching for volunteers with an interest in Japan to collaborate with us in a project to create colourful koinobori (Japanese carp streamer kites) to display as part of an art installation in April 2015, and then as part of a display at the 20th anniversary of Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival on Sunday, 3rd May 2015.
We are looking for volunteers who...
- have a positive attitude and really want to make the project a success!
If this sounds like you, click here to register! Read on for more information.
J-KAI is on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 6pm at the Metropolitan Hotel, 46 Grote St.
友達作りにはJAFAのJ-KAIがオススメ。Metropolitan Hotel(46 Grote St.)にて第４水曜日に開催されます。どなたでも気軽に参加してください。 入場は無料です。
Stallholder, display holder and performer registrations for Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2015 are NOW OPEN. Read the information below to apply.
The deadline for applications is March 30, 2015.
In order to make the festival a success, we need participation from the community in the way of Japan-related stalls, displays and performances. Read on for more information on how you can participate and make the 20th anniversary something really special.
Click on the links to watch these excellent short films inspired by Japan and its culture.
While very popular and successful, it is time for the next generation to take over the organisation of "Kodomo no Hi".
Japanese drumming group 'Matsuri Taiko' (formerly Atsui no Taiko) formed in 2003 at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. The group was formed by Katie Seaman, who began teaching this group after gaining experience at Flinders Street School of Music.
As well as a highly accomplished performance group, Matsuri Taiko offer workshops for schools and businesses, 'Come and Try' sessions and ongoing classes.
Every month, JAFA sends out the "What's On" message, with information about Japan and Japan-related events happening in Adelaide.
To read this month's message, click here.
To subscribe, click here.
JAFA is putting together a team of volunteers to go to some of the most harshly affected areas to help with ongoing clean-up and relief efforts. The first team returned from Ishinomaki in September. Here is a report about the visit (article in English) (article in Japanese)
We will send the teams of volunteers to assist with an established relief organisation named Peace Boat. Since March 16th 2011 (5 days after the earthquake and tsunami hit) Peace Boat has been active in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit cities on the coast of north-eastern Japan.
Click here to see photos of Paul Bilney's visit to Ishinomaki.
If you are interested in donating money to help send volunteers, click here. If you're interested in volunteering yourself, read on...
25 February (Wednesday) - 6pm onwards
29 March (Sunday) - 4pm
Katsura Sunshine (Rakugo)
1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton
3 May (Sunday) - 11am-4pm
Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival
Cowandilla Primary School
21 Jenkins St Cowandilla