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Japan Festival 2015 Report

The 16th Japan Festival (JF hereafter) has ended successfully blessed with fine weather. I would like to express my gratitude to all JF supporters.

The number of booths set up was more than 110 this year that was the record number since JF started in the year of 2000. Especially, the food stalls were the most popular ones and some food stalls had to be closed as they sold out their foods by 2:00 p.m.

The programs on stage performance, both the second stage and the outdoor stage, were rich in variety. We believe that the visitors were throughly enjoyed the performance of Koto, Shamisen, Japanese dance and the traditional ‘sounds’ and ‘dance’ by professional performers from Kumamoto Prefectures.

The most impressive visits this time for me was that a group of secondary college students from Portland, where is approximately 400 km from Box Hill JF site, participated to the festival despite of five hours bus ride. Another was the participation of the students from Ballarat. They have been learning Japanese language and joined us the festival travelling from Ballarat, 130 km north of Melbourne, the town of gold mine in the old days,

Most of 143 volunteers were the students who have been studying Japanese language either in high schools or universities. They expressed that their motivation of participating the festival as volunteers was to improve their Japanese efficiency, or to learn more about Japanese culture and customs. They also expressed that they would like to make many new friends through the festival works. The theme of this year’s JF was ‘Friends’ so that we had played a part for those volunteers aimed for. I am happy to know that JF has helped a little for a lot of people who participated.

Concluding my JF2015 report, I would like to say thank you again for all the participants, not only the visitors to the festival, but also the volunteers and people who were involved in helping us.

Wishing your continuing support for future JF held by Japan Club of Victoria,

Yours faithfully,

Minoru Nagashima
Japan Festival Organising Committee.


Pamphlet of Japan Festival 2015


“Raffle Prizes”

  Prize Value Sponsor Winning No Winner’s name
1st Return Trip
for two to Japan
$3,150 JAL, Rydges, JFOC 05094 Truong Nguye
2nd Janome Sewing
Machine DC6030
$899 Janome 00879 Yuko Sakamoto
3rd Yamaha Keyboard
$330 Yamaha 02910 Nina Hasegawa
4th iPad $299 JFOC 03710 T. Loader
5th CAL Eyewear
Gift Vouchers
$160 CAL Eyewear 03422 Carolyn Cheng
6th Kajita
Gift Vouchers
$100 Kajita 06116 Yoko Henderson
7th Meal Voucher $50 Hachibeh 00883 Jayant Pande


“Drawing Contest”

Primary School Division

Prize Value Theme Winner’s name School
Winner (R109) $50 Gift Card
  Minami Emmett MISJ
2nd (P69) $30 Gift Card
Friends Ayaka Moto Japanese School
of Melbourne
3rd (P108) $20 Gift Card
  Arisa Onishi Murrumbeena
Primary School


High School Division

Prize Value Theme Winner’s Name School
Winner (S2) $100 Gift Card
Pug Life Amelie Schumann Frankston
High School
2nd (S1) $50 Gift Card
Sakura Tomodachi Ashley McGowan
3rd (S21) $30 Gift Card
My Pet Poteto Karli Shumann Frankston
High School

Sponsors 2020


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PINP logo

Peninsula Hot Springs logo

BDR Vintage Yujo Wine logo

Kamada Shoyu logo

Puffing Billy logo


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supporters 2020

BoxHill TownHall logo
City of Whitehorse
Box Hill Town Hall
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne

Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Melbourne
Japanese Society of Melbourne
Australia - Japan Society of Victoria
The Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria Inc