London’s very own festival of Japanese culture! Celebrating 150 years of friendship between Japan & London. 

London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – JAPAN MATSURI – returns on Saturday, 19th September 2015 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family. And it’s FREE!

This year Japan Matsuri are celebrating a special anniversary of 150 years of friendship between London and Japan and the story of the Satsuma Students from Kagoshima!

There will be a number of special appearances from Kagoshima including the spectacular IZAKU TAIKO ODORI(Izaku Drum Dancers), the brave samurai character SATSUMA KENSHI HAYATO and GURIBU, Kagoshima’s yurukyaramascot.

Everything kicks off at 10 am and runs through till 8 pm. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day with an exciting programme of martial arts, the thrilling sounds of taiko drumming, festival dance and this year’s special JAPAN MATSURI SONG. Fancy joining in the ever popular Nodojiman karaoke contest!

Have you attended before? Or will 2015 be your first visit?  Let us know in the comments below!