Date: 2009 August 27 14:35
Posted by Joe
London based readers should head over to Spitalfields on Saturday September 19th 2009 for the Japan Matsuri. A Matsuri is a festival with lots of stalls, food, fun and games along with plenty to see and do. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.
A few readers might remember that this is not the first Matsuri in London. The last major one was at Hyde Park on 19th and 20th May 2001! As they don't happen as often as we like we strongly suggest you get to this one for all the festivities.
Details as follows:
Message from Chairman of Committee
I am delighted to celebrate the opening of the First Japan Matsuri, with the Joint Hosts - JRA and The Japan Society supported by The Japanese Embassy in London.
What is Matsuri? Well, in simple terms it means Festival or Holiday and the Matsuri was historically sponsored by a shrine or temple as part of the practice of "Honouring Your Ancestors".
This Matsuri is also to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Trading Treaty between Japan and England.
We look forward to the continuing development of our two countries in the future but we must not forget the past efforts of our two peoples in achieving the close relationship we now enjoy over the past centuries.
Finally, I wish to once again celebrate through this Japan Matsuri "Everlasting Prosperity" for the future together with the people who are with us in the present day.
Keisaku "Sandy" Sano
Chairman of The Executive Committee Japan Matsuri