The Japan Festival or Nihon Matsuri held yesterday at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew was well attended by Jamaicans. A rain delay caused the event to start a little late but like true Japanese the organizers ran a tight, well-planned show that was enjoyed by thousands of patrons. Pardon the blurry pics it was a whirlwind of a day (also my birthday), I didn’t get the chance to use my professional camera and had to use my phone!

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Me, Myyukata model “wife” for a day (left) and a”family friend” (right)

Yukata Modeling

I attended and participated in a presentation related to the traditional Japanese spring/summer wear – the Yukata. It felt good wearing my Yukata and taking pictures with attendees. When it was my time to go on stage I showed off my wife and two kids I somehow acquired in 2 hours earlier. We made the perfect family kitted out in it Yukatas and the overall presentation was well received.

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After the rained stopped the venue filled up quickly!

Excitement for the Cosplayers

The JaCosplayaz group was also present showing off their costumes in a cosplaying presentation and the crowds especially the young ones went wild. Anime Nation 2014 will held in August 2014 and I can already tell that there will be a big turnout, yours truly will be there… and maybe I will wear a costume this year?

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JaCosplayaz drawing the crowds

If you weren’t at the festival you missed a great event, if you attended share your favourite part of the show with me or something you learnt about Japan in a comment below or tweet me @Jamaipanese. Please take the time to also like the Jamaipanese.com Facebook page and subscribe to the Jamaipanese Youtube Channel.

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If I had two swords my imagined samurai life would be complete

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