After Japanese Festival 2015

Posted March 9th, 2015 in Perth WA 2 Comments »


It was another hot day in Perth.  Perth Japan Festival was held last saturday in the city, and I’d say it was a huge success..!

The festival opened its door with taiko (drum) performance just before 1pm.  Our stall wasn’t really ready to sell items yet around 1pm as we were still waiting for some food to be delivered.  I was surprised to see so many people passing by, and asking if we were open.  There was a huge queue on our dango (mitarashi & sanshoku) section which was amazing.

I was in a bread section with Melon-pan, Anpan and soybean pan.  Although I thought the pricing was bit too high, customer kept coming and we sold all our items out around 2pm!  I think the atmosphere of the festival helped selling these bread.  We wish we could prepared more food but it was our maximum… There’re total of around 400 bread.  I didn’t think it’d sell out in 1 hour.


I wonder how much did these people at Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and other food stalls prepare the ingredients to keep up till 8pm.  It must have been a massive amount..

I found that there’re more Australians and other Asian customers compared to Japanese customers.  I think the locati on of this event is bit too small – you can’t really walk around especially with strollers.  And, I thought there should be more stalls selling variety of food… including sweets.



Anyway, after that crazy 1 hour, I was free and joined my sons to enjoy kakigori, wataame and takoyaki.

I love matsuri.  There will be another Japanese festival in Melville in October.  I’m looking forward to it.

2 Comments on “After Japanese Festival 2015”

  1. 1 Mei said at 2:53 pm on May 5th, 2015:

    Hi! I grew up in Perth (but now live in Hong Kong) and stumbled across your website. Small world – my mum was working at the dango section at this festival! She said the same thing: hot, super busy, sold out of food super quick 🙂

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 10:52 am on May 8th, 2015:

    Hi Mei,
    WOW, small world!
    So she was in the same tent as me? I didn’t really get to talk to people in dango section but yes all the food disappeared like magic!
    I wonder if I’m gonna be in the festival next year (and your mum), but it’s always great to know new people 😀

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