2017 Japan Festival Report

On Sunday 21st May, the 18th annual festival was held at our usual venue, Box Hill Town Hall and TAFE. I would like to thank everyone for coming and contributing to its great success.

Blessed with fine weather, we were very happy to welcome many visitors who enjoyed the usual attractions and the novel ones (two of which were new attractions along with one returning from last year). To our delight the entry tickets to them were sold out quickly, so we will endeavour to offer more novel attractions in addition to well-established ones in the coming years.

We are also grateful to report that there were no accidents or emergencies.

The Festival Statistics

Visitors  4,000 approximately 
Volunteers  145 
Booths  111, operated by 82 groups 
Performers  23 
Sponsors  33 
Media support 

As the rather new Chairman (this is only my second year) I realized the visitors represented a very wide range of backgrounds. I felt proud that the event, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, seems to contribute to the bridging of not only Japan and Australia but also the diverse local culture.

In closing, I hope the Japan Festival can continue to develop as the joyous festival we wish it to be.

We will be looking forward to seeing you next year.

Yoshiki Yamaguchi


Japan Festival


2017 Japan Festival Donation/Scholarship Result

Kumamoto Earthquake Appeal $2579.54
Minami Sanricho Tunami Appeal $1500
Box Hill Institute (TAFE) $1000

Melbourne International School of Japan



2017 Japan Festival Pamphlet


Date & Time

Sunday 21st May 2017   10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM


Box Hill Town Hall & Box Hill TAFE, 1000-1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Entry Fee

Ages 12 & more: $5,  Ages 6-11: $3

◆ Free Entry ◆

  • Children up to 5 years old
  • Disabled persons (+ 1 carer)
  • Pensioners
  • Seniors Card Holders
  • Persons dressed in Kimono or Yukata
  • Persons dressed in full Cosplay Costumes
  • School Groups (*)


Japan Club of Victoria


To promote cultural exchange between Australia and Japan.
To provide a vibrant festival everybody can enjoy.


    City of Whitehorse; Box Hill Institute (TAFE);
    Victorian Multicultural Commission;
    Consulate-General of Japan, Melbourne;
    Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Melbourne;
    Japanese Society of Melbourne; Australia-Japan Society of Victoria; &
    The Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria Inc.


    Japanese Taiko Drumming, Traditional Dance, Kendo, Karate, Shakuhachi, Shamisen,
    Koto, Choir, Karaoke Show, etc.

New Attraction

Scary Experience - Audio Virtual Reality


Ikebana, Bonsai, Bullet Train (Shinkansen) Model Railway, etc.


Tea Ceremony, Go, Shogi Japanese chess, Origami, Traditional Japanese Games, etc.


About 110 Stalls expected
Takoyaki, Yakitori, Japanese Sweets, Tea, Japanese Toys, Ceramics, Books, Craft,
Kimono, Yoyo game, and lots more


Gorgeous prizes


Win a gorgeous prize by completing Japan Festival Survey!


School Groups

  1. A group of 5 or more students lead by a teacher can enter free of entry fee.
  2. Pre-booking is essential. 

※ Provision of parking spaces for school buses would be difficult.

Please send email for School Group free entry order by 14th May 2017. 
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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