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Free Entry To Japanese Garden For Koyo Matsuri

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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IMAGE: School students undertake activities at last year’s inaugural Koyo Matsuri festival. There will be many activities for children again at this year’s festival.

Entry will be free to the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre on Wednesday 4 May and Thursday 5 May, throughout the Garden’s annual two-day Autumn Festival, Koyo Matsuri 2022.

Brilliant late autumn colours will be to the fore across the Cowra Japanese Garden next week and the festival program will be filled with Japanese culture and tradition.

Japan’s annual public holidays known as Greenery Day and Children’s Day, celebrated on 4 and 5 May are marked by the ‘Koyo’ Autumn Festival at the Garden.

Although known for its myriad of cherry blossom trees in the spring, the Garden’s maples and camellias save their best colours for autumn. Cowra residents, their families and friends are encouraged to visit the Garden on 4 and 5 May. The first one hundred visitors on Wednesday and the first two hundred on Thursday will receive a discount code from Books Kinokuniya, the flagship Japanese bookstore, to be used at their Sydney store or on line (you must write your email address on the form at the entry).

The Garden’s autumn festival provides an opportunity to showcase the treasured Cultural Centre collection. The collection includes world class ceramics and paintings, and a wealth of culturally significant objects acquired through donation by visitors from Japan over the forty years since the Garden was opened.

Founders of the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre expressed the idea for a Japanese Garden in Cowra as a place that brings nature and culture together, displaying all aspects of life in Japan. Visitors to the Autumn Festival can enjoy Japan’s rich arts, crafts and ceremonial traditions amidst a beautiful and tranquil garden setting.

Highlights for Wednesday 4 May include the second Annual Garden Oration about the expression of Japanese culture in an Australian context, to be delivered by Dr Geoff Gallop AC, former Premier of Western Australia (2001-2006). Dr Gallop will speak about Japanese gardens as sites of business and diplomacy in Australia-Japan relations. A Tea Ceremony will follow and a book cafe will also be in operation. Thursday 5 May will focus on children’s activities and will include storytelling, origami, games, kimono dress ups, and a special performance by the Taiko drumming Youth group from... making the day a great opportunity for schools to visit. Eight schools have already booked in to visit that day.

Koyo Matsuri 2022 will be another demonstration of the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre’s unique contribution to the friendship between Australia and Japan. Please contact the Garden staff on 6341 2233 or email info@cowragarden.com.au for further information.

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