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 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.
VIDEO: Japan Matsuri Trafalgar Square, London
Grab a selfie with NHK World mascot Domo
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!
Trafalgar Square Location Map
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A writer and publisher from England, Rob has been exploring Japan’s 6,800 islands since 2000. He specialises in travelling off the beaten track, whether on remote atolls or in the hidden streets of major cities. He’s the founder of TheRealJapan.com.
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