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 konobori (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.

Program

Workshops

Session 1 | 10 am - 1 pm

Make Wagashi – Japanese sweets
Budokan Tasmania

Dress in traditional Yukata (summer kimono)
Budokan Tasmania

Learn to play the taiko drum
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

Session 2 | 1 pm - 4 pm

Learn Shodo - traditional Japanese calligraphy
Maiko Howell

Make Mochitsuki -rice cake
Tasmania Japan Club

Learn to play the taiko drums
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

Performances

10 - 10.15 am

Taiko drum welcome
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

10.15 - 11 am

Japanese Story Telling
Susie Allen

11.15 - 11.45 am

Shodo – Calligraphy demonstration
Maiko Howell

12 - 12.45 pm

Taiko drum performance
Tasmanian Taiko Drummers

1 - 1.30 am

YUKATA - Summer Kimono dressing
Budokan Tasmania

1.30 - 2 pm

SADO - Tea ceremony
Budokan Tasmania

2.15 - 3.15 pm

Samuri/ Ninja demonstration
Budokan Tasmania

3.15 - 4 pm

Meet a Samurai
Budokan Tasmania

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