2004 Festival Program

The Festival begins with Midori no Hi when, in the spirit of the day, we plant trees in the Adelaide parklands. During the week we will have a dance party and screen a selection of Japanese movies, before finishing with the Kodomo no Hi celebration.

Midori no Hi - Green Day Tree Planting and Family Picnic

Help us to maintain the beauty of the Adelaide parklands and a healthy environment for native species.

Date: Sunday 25th April

Time: from 10.30 am

Place: Meet at the corner of Robe Terrace and Medindie Road, North Adelaide. Bring a picnic lunch. Shovels will be provided!

Japanese Film Festival

This year being the 50th anniversary of the original "Godzilla" movie we're hoping to get things going with a screening of this unique movie. JAFA will be presenting three films with the Adelaide Uni Film Society. Please note that the Wednesday screening at the Rennie Lecture Theatre, Johnson Building, Near Gate 10, Victoria Drive (Just west of the Union building).

  • Tues 27th April "Otoko wa Tsurai yo" (It's Tough Being a Man). This is a series of over 50 films starring Atsumi Kiyoshi as Tora-san an itinerant peddler from downtown Tokyo. The stories are always the same with Tora-san having an unrequited love affair with a beautiful woman he meets. But they're a great encapsulation of Japanese society as it changed from the postwar period of the 50's to the more recent 90's.
  • Wed 28th April "Rashomon". Akira Kurosawa's classic. Rennie Lecture Theatre, Johnson Bldg. not far from the Union Bldg. near Victoria Drive.
  • Thu 29th April. "Gakko 4" A new series about the lives of young people in modern Japan.

Screenings will be at 7:30pm in the Union Cinema on the fifth floor of the Adelaide University Union building (just find the courtyard/adjacent lawns opposite the Torrens River/Lake footbridge). Admission is by gold coin donation.

Jutopia! Japanese Dance Party

A taste of the Tokyo club scene in Adelaide featuring DJs, 2 bars, intelligent lighting and a fantastic sound system, playing the best of Japanese dance and pop music.

All are invited to attend this premiere event. Tickets available from Flinders University Union, from the venue or from Reflex lighting (227 Waymouth St) for $5, or $7 at the door. $3 for JAFA members

Venue: The Warehouse (East End Exchange Hotel) 235 Grenfell St Adelaide.

Date: Friday 30th April

Time: Doors open 8:30pm

Bring: ID (such as a passport or drivers licence) as this is a restricted 18 and over event

For more information contact Wade on 0407 539 682.

Images from the Floating World

An exhibition of over 100 Ukiyoe woodblock prints from the 1750s to the 1920s.

Date: From Friday 30th April - Sunday 13th June

Place: Art Gallery of South Australia

Kodomo no Hi - Children's Day Celebration

Date: Sunday 2nd May

Time: 11am - 4pm

Place: Cowandilla Primary School, Jenkins St, Cowandilla

Cost: Gold coin donation

The programme for Children's Day includes lots of Japanese dance, taiko drumming, tea ceremony, kimono fashion parade, martial arts demonstrations, exhibitions of bonsai and ikebana, craft stalls, trash and treasure stall, food stalls, Japanese trains (further information about the trains at an external site) and mochitsuki (pounding rice cake using traditional implements).

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Diary Dates

1st and 3rd Saturdays each Month

Craft Classes

1st April 2023


Cowandilla Primary School

21 Jenkins St, Cowandilla


4th Wednesday of each Month


26 April 2023


Hotel Metro

46 Grote St, Adelaide


Coming in 2023


Kodomo no Hi

Sunday 7th May 2023

Thebarton Community Centre


AnimeGO! Japan Pop Culture Festival

29th October 2023

Adelaide Festival Centre 



December 2023