Lack of budget to fly to Japan to welcome spring? Worry not, as you can similarly celebrate the season at Ipoh Parade during its on-going Haru Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival.

Japanese snacks and street food are available at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri Japanese Street Food Bazaar and Shojikiya Japanese Snack Fair

Japanese snacks and street food are available at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri Japanese Street Food Bazaar and Shojikiya Japanese Snack Fair

Haru Matsuri, which means Spring Festival, is typically denoted by a flourish of pink cherry blossoms (sakura). This delicate Japanese national flower symbolises the impermanence of beauty and life, serving as a reminder to live in the present moment.

dress up in yukata for a photo moment at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri

dress up in yukata for a photo moment at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri

At Ipoh Parade during Haru Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival, partake in your private hanami (flower-watching party) with your loved ones, as if you were in the Land of the Rising Sun. Avail yourself of the Japanese traditional costume photo opportunity, to better soak in the atmosphere, or even try out a round of sumo wrestling.

try out sumo wrestling at Ipoh Parade during the Haru Matsuri

try out sumo wrestling at Ipoh Parade during the Haru Matsuri

As part of the celebration, shoppers can expect to savour popular Japanese street food, such as takoyaki, taiyaki, mochi, sushi, onigiri, udon and Japanese pancakes.

Talking about food, you can sign up for sushi-rolling and Chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) workshops to try your hand at Japanese cooking. If spending time in the kitchen doesn’t rock your boat, how about participating in one of the many art and craft workshops that have been lined up, and learn to make origami, plus other Japanese crafts?

Japanese Street Food Bazaar and Shojikiya Japanese Snack Fair at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival

Japanese Street Food Bazaar and Shojikiya Japanese Snack Fair at the Ipoh Parade Haru Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival

Mark your calendar for the Cosplay Party that’s happening on 14th April (Sunday) at 2.30pm. Hundreds are anticipated to dress up as their favourite pop-culture characters in the Cosplay competition, to win prizes worth RM4,000 in total.

The three-round contest will see entrants being adjudged on likeness to their chosen characters.

13 April 2019
12noon – Sushi-rolling Workshop
12:30pm – Chawanmushi Workshop
1:00pm – Japanese Curry Cooking Demo
1:30pm – Sushi Eating Challenge
2:00pm – Japanese Fusion Dance Performance & Workshop
2:30pm – Children Colouring Contest
4:30pm – Sushi Making Competition
5:30pm – Japanese Fusion Dance Performance & Workshop
6:00pm – Spicy Ramen Challenge by Sushi Tei
6:30pm – Sushi Rolling Workshop
7:00pm – Chawanmushi Workshop
7:30pm – Japanese Curry Cooking Demo

14 April 2019
11:00am – Sushi-rolling Workshop
11:30am – Chawanmushi Workshop
12noon – Japanese Curry Cooking Demo
1:00pm – Sushi Eating Challenge
2:00pm – Japanese Fusion Dance Performance & Workshop
2:30pm – Cosplay Competition
5:30pm – Japanese Fusion Dance Performance & Workshop
6:00pm – Spicy Ramen Challenge by Sushi Tei
6:30pm – Sushi Rolling Workshop
7:00pm – Chawanmushi Workshop
7:30pm – Japanese Curry Cooking Demo

Event: Haru Matsuri Japanese Spring Festival
Venue: Ipoh Parade
Date: 9th – 14th April, 2019
Time: 10am – 10pm

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