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WORKSHOPS

PERFORMANCES

CUISINE

A Community Event to Celebrate Peace and Harmony.

Join us in decorating your own lantern, which will be floated in the Bunbury Estuary at sunset. Pre-purchase of lanterns essential.  

Bring the whole family along to try on traditional kimonos, walk through the cherry blossoms, and enjoy various Japanese themed stalls and activities. We're introducing an array of new activities for kodomo-tachi (the kids) this year as well. 

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Saturday September 7

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Friendship Gardens, Queen Gardens

Bunbury

OUR 2 KEY EVENTS, NOW IN THE ONE WEEKEND

SOUTH WEST JAPAN FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 1ST - 15TH

Events across Bunbury, Busselton, and Dunsborough.

PROGRAM COMING SOON

Bringing Japan to the South West

The South West Festival of Japan is back for its seventh year! 

Join us in celebrating everything Japan, from lantern festivals to cooking classes, anime and manga workshops to artist exhibitions, film festivals and the (highly anticipated!) annual stamp rally!

Sunday September 8th

10am - 4:30pm

Queen's Garden, Bunbury

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THIS YEAR WE'RE BRINGING JAPAN TO BUSSELTON AND DUNSBOROUGH AS WELL!

Bunbury and Setagaya City: Sister Cities for Over 30 Years

The coastal city of Bunbury in Western Australia is celebrating 30 years of being a Sister City with Japan’s Setagaya City. Our ties to Japan are strong, and many of our local artists, chefs, entertainers and vendors have been significantly influenced by Japan’s culture.

Family Friendly Workshops, Activities, Performances, Stalls, and Cuisine!

An immersive day out to enjoy the best Japanese entertainment in the South West! Join us for dancing, music, food, activities and workshops in the beautiful Friendship Gardens of Bunbury. 

Workshops must be booked in advance as there are capacity limits for each.

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SUKOSHI LAGER 少し

This year we've partnered with Froth Craft Brewery (Bunbrewery) to create a Japanese rice lager just for the South West Japan Festival! 

Sukoshi means 'little' in Japanese - an ode to Bunbury's brewer, Mr. Little himself. 

Hop into Froth Bunbury or Exmouth to have a try! (18+)

Sponsors


The South West Japan Festival is supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions.

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