I had a great opportunity to volunteer for the largest Japanese festival in North America, Japan Festival Canada. Japan Festival Canada happened in Mississauga city, Ontario on Aug. 24 and 25. It’s an annual 2-day festival!
It brings Japanese food, culture and technology to Canada and to the world. Since the 1st event held in 2016 the event has been continuing to grow every year. This year is especially important since it is 90th anniversary of Canadian Embassy being built in Japan. We had a very special guest from Japan.
Day 1 / August 24
I was assigned to the VIP section, what I mainly did was welcoming VIPs and letting them into the room. It was such an honor to welcome our very very very VIP, Princess Takamado of Japan. She was here to commemorate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.
The pop idol groups based in Canada performed on the stage. And I saw some otaku fans in the crowd, they were doing Otagei :0
6%DOKIDOKI fashion show was what I was excited for the most!
The stage was filled with kawaii colorful energy. Just watching the show made me so happy. The crowd was glued to the models, like they are obsessed with the styles!
Day 2 / August 25
I worked at the VIP section on the 2nd day, too. I did some other roles to fill shortfalls needed. I never expected that I was gonna carry omikoshi in Canada! But this happened!
I met a Canadian gentleman and he told me he was here just to see omikoshi performance. He loved it because it’s so powerful and energetic.
I was looking forward to kimono demonstration this day! They did furisode demonstration on the stage. The crowd couldn’t take their eyes off of the stage. I wonder how many of them knew there are loads of steps to put kimono on. It is amazing there are people who still showcase the beauty of kimono in Canada, even though we don’t wear kimono in our daily life in Japan.
Food Trail and Shopping Arcade
Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheese Cake – one of the most popular baked cheese cake stores in Toronto
6%DOKIDOKI – kawaii shop was brought all the way from Harajuku
Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto – They were promoting Tokyo 2020 Paralympic / Olympic games
I hope I will be able to be a part of this event next year as well! It was somethingI had always wanted to do, I’ll never forget about this experience!