JAFA's Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival is the biggest Japan festival in Adelaide. In 2015, the festival is celebrating 20 years.
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.
The Koinobori Project will also be visiting Kodomo no Hi! Please click here to read more about the project.
A big thank you to our sponsors!
- Government of South Australia
- City of West Torrens
- Bank SA
- Royce Australia Pacific
- Juan Photography
- Print Graphics and Displays
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 CLOSED.
In order to make the festival a success, we need the help of volunteers. Click here for more information.
The Koinobori Project is a project to make Japanese carp-streamers with schools as part of a cultural exchange with Himeji, Japan.
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.
Interested in Origami and Calligraphy?
Bring the kids and come to Victoria Square/Tartanyangga on Sunday, April 26th 11am-2pm and make a paper koinobori to take home, while enjoying the sight of more than 100 koinobori painted by Adelaide schools. You can also help to colour in some of our larger cloth koinobori that will be sent to Japan.
Featuring performances by Harvest throughout the day.
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。
'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.
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.
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...
22 April (Wednesday) - 6pm onwards
26 April (Sunday) - 11am-2pm
3 May (Sunday) - 11am-4pm
Kodomo no Hi Japan Festival
Cowandilla Primary School
21 Jenkins St Cowandilla