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Botanic Gardens comes alive for Japanese Cultural Day

12 August, 2016

Brisbane residents and visitors are being encouraged to celebrate the Land of the Rising Sun with Council hosting a day of free activities for Japanese Cultural Day this weekend.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the event would recognise the vibrant culture of Japan on Brisbane soil.

“Brisbane is home to a range of cultures and customs that define our city as a vibrant and inclusive place to live, work and play,” Cr Quirk said.

“Along with the many culturally-diverse events celebrated in Brisbane each year, Japanese Culture Day is a chance to bring people together and recognise the city’s multicultural identity.

“This Sunday 14 August, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha will transform into a cultural feast, celebrating one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating civilisations.

“The event will feature traditional activities such as rice cake making, tea demonstrations, calligraphy, flower arranging, bonsai demonstrations, Kamishibai storytelling, and Japanese music.”

Cr Quirk said the event would also incorporate the much-loved Japanese Garden, which formed part of Japan’s World Expo ’88 exhibit.

“The Japanese Garden is popular attraction at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, containing an array of native and exotic plants suitable to our sub-tropical climate,” he said.

“It also features key traditional Japanese elements including lanterns, a water basin, shaped plants and stepping stones.

“Following Expo ’88, the Garden was donated to the city and installed at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, where it continues to be enjoyed by residents and visitors today.

“I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the food and culture of Japan in a beautiful and serene garden setting this Sunday.

Funded by the Consulate-General of Japan, Japanese Cultural Day will run from 11am to 3pm and is completely free to attend.

For more information on Japanese Cultural Day, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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