Japanese Children's Day celebration

Next date: Sunday, 05 May 2024 | 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Japanese Children's Day

The national Japanese holiday 'Kodomo no hi' – Children's Day is about encouraging children to be strong and resilient and wishing them health and happiness.

City of Hobart invites children and their families to come and experience this traditional cultural celebration together.

  • Meet the adorable bonito fish Yai Chan, Yaizu City's mascot
  • Make your own koinobori (carp streamer) and origami samurai helmet
  • Try some traditional Japanese games
  • Have a go at taiko drumming or calligraphy
  • Make some yummy Japanese sweets and treats
  • Watch some amazing cultural performances

City of Hobarts Children's Day celebrations are in recognition of our close connection with our sister city, Yaizu in Japan. Yaizu and City of Hobart have exchanged culture and ideas and been close friends for nearly 50 years and we want to continue our strong community links.



Session 1 | 10 am - 1 pm

Make Nerikiri - Japanese sweets

Sakura Japanese Culture Centre
(10.20 am, 11 am, 11.40 am and 12.20 pm)

Dress in traditional Yukata (summer kimono)
Sakura Japanese Culture Centre

Learn to play the taiko drums
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers
(10.45 am)

Session 2 | 1 pm - 4 pm

Learn Shodo - traditional Japanese calligraphy
Maiko Howell
(1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm)


Make Mochitsuki - rice cake
Tasmania Japan Club

Learn to play the taiko drums
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers
1 pm


10 - 10.15 am

Taiko drum welcome
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

10.15 - 11 am

Meet Yai Chan - Yaizu City's mascot

11.15 - 11.45 am

Shodo - Calligraphy demonstration
Maiko Howell

12 - 12.45 pm

Taiko drum performance
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

1 - 1.30 am

Sado - Tea Ceremony
Sakura Japanese Culture Centre

1.45 - 2.45 pm

Yukata - Summer Kimono Dressing
Sakura Japanese Culture Centre

3 - 4 pm

Samurai / Ninja demonstration
Sakura Japanese Culture Centre


  • Sunday, 05 May 2024 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM


All events taking place at Waterside Pavilion

Waterside Pavilion, Mawson Place, Hobart, 7000, View Map

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