Do you love all things Japanese? Here’s your chance to join Japanese Cultural Day at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens this month. Don’t miss all the free events which include music, cultural activities and community initiatives at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Check out the line-up below.

Some traditional activities include Mochitsuki rice cake making, tea ceremonies, ikebana flower arranging, calligraphy workshops, and woodblock printing. The tranquility of the botanic garden is a perfect setting for listening to traditional Japanese music or having a tea ceremony.

Part of Bands in Parks program, these innovative, socially inclusive and diverse events belong to the LIVE program event series of Brisbane City Council. .

There will also be Taiko drum performances and traditional Japanese music performed live throughout the day. Workshops include Kamishibai storytelling, origami and craft for kids, as well as sushi roll and miso soup cooking classes and DIY kokedama plant balls.

Taiko drummers at Mt Coot-tha in 2015

If you bring your own kimono, you can get pointers on how to wear it properly in authentic Japanese fashion! Plant-lovers can ask for advice on bonsai care whilst those who want some action can check out the martial arts displays.

You can bring your own picnic blanket and feast on food whilst participating in the range of activities.There will be street food, ice cream, and iced tea courtesy of Downey Park Food Trucks.

There are no bookings required for this free event. If you’re interested to join, just head on to Mt-Cootha Botanical Gardens at 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong on Sunday, 18 August 2019 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information about Japanese Cultural Day, visit the Downey Park Food Trucks’ Events Page