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!
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.
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?
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.