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Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival PDF Print E-mail

JAFA's Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival is the biggest Japan festival in Adelaide with a 19-year history. The day is filled with Japan-related performances, exhibitions, activities, stalls and plenty of Japanese food.

Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival has won a number of prestigious community awards.

2013 WINNER - The City of West Torrens Community Event of the Year Award
2013 WINNER - The Australia Day Council of South Australia Community Event of the Year Award



Come along for a fun day for the whole family at this unique community event.

A big thank you to our sponsors! Multicultural SA, MEC (Multicultural Education Committee), City of West Torrens, Royce Australia Pacific.

What kind of things will I find at this year's festival?

Getting to the festival and parking at the festival

Click to find the best way to get to the festival, find parking and enter the festival grounds.



In order to make the festival a success, we need the help of volunteers. Click here for more information.

Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival PDF Print E-mail

Exciting news. Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2013 has won...

- The City of West Torrens Community Event of the Year Award
- The Australia Day Council of South Australia Community Event of the Year Award

Congratulations to the JAFA committee, KNH subcommittee, community groups, performers and all our fantastic volunteers!

Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival 2014 will be held on Sunday, May 4th. To find out about this year's festival, click here.

STALLHOLDER, DISPLAY HOLDER, AND PERFORMER registrations are now CLOSED. Contact JAFA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.



The next J-KAI is on Wednesday 26 February, 6pm at the Metropolitan Hotel, 46 Grote St. J-KAI is on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

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。

Abe's Australian visit PDF Print E-mail

Just a general discussion question: The Japanese Prime Minister Abe is visiting Australia and addressing the Australian parliament in July.

What are your thoughts on this? Click here to leave your comments.

Subcommittee members needed for Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival PDF Print E-mail

While very popular and successful, it is time for the next generation to take over the organisation of "Kodomo no Hi".

The future survival of the festival depends on the establishment of a sub-committee to plan, organise and manage the festival in the years ahead... WE NEED YOU!

Click here for more information.
Click here to register your interest.

Want to know what it's like to volunteer for the KNH subcommittee? Watch these two short videos and listen to Storm and Kirrilee talk about their experiences on the festival subcommittee.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 20:11
Matsuri Taiko PDF Print E-mail

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.


'Japan and Me' PDF Print E-mail


'Japan and Me' is a great page to visit if you are planning to visit Japan. Adelaide residents talk about their experiences visiting or living in Japan.

What's On Message PDF Print E-mail

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.

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JAFA Volunteers PDF Print E-mail

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...


Japanese Origami & Calligraphy Classes PDF Print E-mail

Origami & Calligraphy ClassesNEXT ROUND STARTS IN JUNE

The next round of Origami and Calligraphy Classes starts in June. Each round of classes will run for four consecutive weeks and cover origami, chigiri-e (torn washi paper painting), furoshiki cloth wrapping and calligraphy.

What: Origami and Calligraphy Classes

When: 1) June 14 (Sat) 2) June 21 (Sat) 3) June 28 (Sat) 4) July 5 (Sat) (four Saturdays) 1:30-3pm

Where: Cowandilla Primary School (1 Jenkins St. Cowandilla)

How much: $40 for JAFA members, $80 for non-members (Paid before the course begins)

Please note that all enrolments and payments must be completed one week before the first class.  The class fee is nonrefundable once the round has begun.

Beginners are welcome as well as those with various levels of experience.

Your instructors will be Emiko Mayer and Machiko Dunphy. If you would like to register, please fill in your details here.

If you have an queries, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Read on for payment details.

Photos of Paul Bilney's visit to Ishinomaki PDF Print E-mail

In July, Paul Bilney came along to J-KAI to tell us his fascinating story about volunteering in the disaster zone in Ishinomaki. He has volunteered a total of three times  in the region.

Click here to see photos of his second visit.

Click here to see photos of his third visit (3 albums) 1 2 3


Click here to donate to JAFA Volunteers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:24
President's report 2012 PDF Print E-mail

President’s Report

- JAFA Disaster Relief Volunteer Program: this program was set up to enlist volunteers to go to Japan and aid with the clean up and construction following the tsunami in Tohoku last year. Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd and Konica Minolta came on board as sponsors and each donated $6,000 allowing JAFA to send a group of five volunteers to work with the Peace Boat organisation in Ishinomaki. A farewell reception was held for them, which was attended by both the Premier and Leader of the Opposition Party. Furthermore, the group was invited to the Australian Embassy in Tokyo to brief the Ambassador on their project. Paul Bilney, the coordinator of the program, will continue fundraising efforts so that another group can be sent in the New Year. JAFA has opened a bank account through the Disabled and Disadvantaged Children’s Association Inc, which allows donations of $2 or over to be tax deductible.


Diary Dates

26th February (WED) 6-9PM
Metropolitan Hotel
46 Grote Street, Adelaide

4th May (SUN) 11am-4pm
Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival
Cowandilla Primary School