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Preview: Inaugural Japan Summer Festival at National Stadium

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The first ever Japan Summer Festival will take place next weekend at the National Stadium. Held in conjunction with Sports Hub Community Play Day, the 2-day event will take place on the 8th and 9th of September 2018, and is organised in collaboration with the Japanese Association of Singapore.

The festival aims to harness better cultural understanding between both the Japanese and local communities, and will feature an entire host of activities putting Japanese culture at the forefront. As with both Singapore and Japan, food will of course be one of the main highlights, with an entire range of authentic Japanese food and beverage stalls that will be available. Visitors will be able to purchase a huge variety of Japanese festive dishes, from a satisfying Wagyu Roast Beef Don to the more familiar Takoyaki, not to mention Salmon Onigiri, Yakisoba, Kakigori – Shaved Ice and even Choco Banana!

Guests can also expect fun family-friendly attractions such as a Pokémon carnival featuring numerous Pokémon-themed game stations and machines, Pikachus meet-and-greet sessions, Japanese-themed games and activity stands to entertain the young and young at heart to really celebrate the summer carnival atmosphere. Guests might even get a chance to party it up with the beloved NHK mascot Domo-kun, as he leads guests in a fun aerobics-inspired ‘Domobics’ session set to a catchy tune.

Japanese traditional culture will also fully be on show, with performances such as the Bon-Odori Japanese dance taking place under the canopy of the world’s largest free-spanning dome each evening, while you too can try out Japanese culture for yourself by renting out the traditional Japanese summer garment, the Yukata.

In addition, with F1 season on the horizon, the simultaneously occurring Sports Hub Community Play Day will be taking on a ‘Fun-on-Wheels’ theme, which will feature various motorsports-related family-friendly activities suitable for people of all ages, including F1 car racing simulators try-outs, Daytona arcade games and a Family Drag Race. Fitness buffs can also get their fix at the J-Party Fitness Workout, a mass cardio exercise by Japanese instructors.

Says Ms. Satsuki Ikegami, Secretary-General, the Japanese Association, Singapore: “This year marks the 30th year of the JAS Summer Festival and it is the first time the event is jointly held with the Singapore Sports Hub. We are delighted to invite the public down to join us at the National Stadium, and will no doubt leave wonderful memories with families and friends.”

The Japan Summer Festival takes place from 8th – 9th September at the National Stadium, held in conjunction with the Singapore Sports Hub’s Community Play Day.  Tickets available from Sports Hub Tix

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