Perth Japan Festival bursts out

Perth city will get a vibrant Japanese hub tomorrow with its first Perth Japan Festival.

Festival president Chiharu Fukumoto said modern and traditional Japanese culture, live music and food would be on show.

"Japanese animation movie fans will enjoy a 'cos-play' event and a martial arts group will give demonstrations featuring karate, judo and kendo," he said.

The festival began as a smaller event at the Japanese School but became so popular it had to move.

"This is our first opportunity to introduce Japanese culture to the wider community with an event of this size," he said.

Mr Fukumoto hoped the event would build on people's knowledge of his country.

"I was surprised that many Perth residents know about Japan so well because many have talked to Japanese people or visited Japan," he said. "Still, many people misunderstand Japanese culture, history and way of thinking because of a lack of opportunity to talk to Japanese people.

"I hope this raises more curiosity and increases the opportunity for people to visit Japan."

The West Australian

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