Melbourne is a highly culturally diverse city. There is hardly ever a dull moment with plenty of vibrant cultural events queuing up throughout the year.
The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2016 was held on Sunday, 28 February 2016. It was a great success, no doubt, with a marvelous (and frighteningly huge) turnout.
Below are some of the highlights at the Japanese Summer Festival:
1. Japanese Food
Attendees were spoilt with choices, ranging from piping hot Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancake), Taiyaki (sweet red bean filling wrapped in a a fish-shaped waffle), Yakitori (chicken skewered grilled over an iron hot- charcoal), and soft-shell crab burger.
The queues leading to the amazing foods were, however, horrendous and a little confusing. Since the Japanese Festival has proven its popularity amongst the eager Melbournians, a better crowd management and a greater array of food stalls should probably be arranged next year to cater for the vast multitude of hungry visitors.
2. Traditional Kimono
It was an enormous fun (and a somewhat surreal experience) seeing so many Melbournians dressing in beautiful vintage-style kimono, and walking around the city with such gentle pace in their newly purchased Geta footwear.
There was even a best-dressed competition for the Kimono/ Yukata and Cosplay categories.
The only complaint, again, was associated with the large masses of crowds. With such huge multitude of spectators, it was really difficult to catch a glimpse of the impressive fashion show showcasing on the stage. Probably a real-time projection of the show at the large screen above the main stage and a better sound system would have solved the problem.
4. Games, Activities and Other Stalls
5. Raffle Price
What could be more excited than to stand a chance to win prizes with just a $2 token? There were two Jetstar business class return tickets to Tokyo, a portable keyboard, sewing machines, restaurant vouchers, a watch, and heaps of gift cards from different department stores to be won.
Unfortunately, the Raffles tickets sold out way before the supposedly “last-chance-to-grab” of 4 p.m. Hence, tip for your next visit: please do come early and grab the tickets before they are all sold out!