It could also be greater than 5,000km away, however followers of Japanese tradition right here can nonetheless be part of within the enjoyable summer season actions subsequent month.
For the primary time, the National Stadium will probably be internet hosting a Japan Summer Festival on Sept eight and 9.
Known as Matsuri, such festivals are a daily characteristic through the summer season months in Japan, from July to September. These festivals usually characteristic elaborate firework shows and dance and music performances.
Performers and volunteers for the Japan Summer Festival right here say they may placed on a superb present.
“When fans chant and cheer… and through our interactions with them, it can replicate the kind of excitement you feel in Japan,” stated a member of native J-pop group Natsuiro Party, who goes by the stage identify of Miki.
Formed in 2016, the five-member all-girl group will probably be placing on a present on Sept 9, and be part of a spread of Japanese dance and theatrical teams performing on the National Stadium.
The event will see a mixture of conventional and trendy points of Japanese tradition, together with a Pokemon-themed game carnivalas nicely as conventional Japanese crafts.
There can even be an indication of the normal Japanese tea ceremony.
Foodies can count on a superb unfold, together with wagyu beef rice bowls, shaved ice desserts and yakisoba (stir-fried noodles).
The foremost organiser, Singapore Sports Hub, is working with the Japanese Association Singapore, which has hosted the summer season pageant right here for the final 29 years.
Ms Yasuko Norris, a Japanese tea ceremony and kimono-wearing instructor, will probably be serving to out on the pageant for the third 12 months.
“Events such as this allow Singaporeans to experience Japanese culture,” stated the 50-year-old Japanese nationwide, who is a member of the Japanese Association Singapore.
“This in turn promotes better understanding and friendship between the Japanese expatriate community and Singaporeans,” she added.
Singapore Sports Hub can be in search of to characteristic sports activities content material through the pageant, stated normal supervisor Peter Sullivan, with arcade racing video games and Japanese-themed exercise classes within the works.
BOOK IT / JAPAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
WHERE: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive
WHEN: Sept eight and 9
ADMISSION: $5 (until Sept 7) from www.sportshubtix.sg, $6 on the door, free for kids beneath 1.2m tall