Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

 Japan Matsuri 2017, Trafalgar Square, Domo, The Real Japan, Rob Dyer

Japan Matsuri, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

It’s that time of the year when the leaves are turning red, even in central London. So it must be time for the UK’s premiere Japanese festival – Japan Matsuri.

This annual event, now in its ninth year, provides the ideal opportunity to sample Japanese culture in its many forms.

From traditional crafts and martial arts, contemporary performances, alongside music and dance, there are, of course, always plenty of chances to sample Japanese food.

Photo opportunities with NHK World mascot Domo proved, unsurprisingly, popular this year!

See the opening ceremony with Mikoshi (palanquin or portable shrine) procession, Eisa and Bon Odori dancers and the Nodojiman karaoke contest.

This year was blessed with perfect weather and the crowds steadily grew as the day went on. Enjoy your day in the London sun with Japan Matsuri.

Were you at Japan Matsuri? Have you been to a matsuri in Japan? Please leave a comment below!

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