Japanese Summer Festival 2019

Wow I can’t believe it’s almost 2020. That means soon it’ll be time for another Japanese Summer festival. This year’s one was a blast. I invited a friend along who’d never been to the festival before and organised my first ever cosplay meet. So I guess it was a festival of firsts in some ways.

Anyway like usual there was some amazing stalls selling beautiful kimonos, kawaii stuff, yummy Japanese food and many more. This year I particularly enjoyed one of the stalls that had a lucky dip. I won a pair of cute cat ears which I may wear to next year’s event. I also really appreciated a stall that sold jelly as this was my first year attending the festival with braces.

The performances and Bon dancing was also a lot of fun, however because everything was so good I needed to be everywhere at once.

One place I had to be was at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) ready for the Love Live! cosplay meet I organised. It was a lot of fun, but really stressful as I organised it and cosplayed for it too. I was Nico in her idolised ninja outfit which I bought secondhand from another lovely cosplayer.


What was amazing about the cosplay meet is how even though there was no organised Love Live! dances or performances they spontaneously happened anyway. I think it’s what people love about Love Live! is the singing and dancing and the joy it brings. Well that’s certainly the case for me. Love Live! wouldn’t be anything without singing and dancing. If you have never seen Love Live! or a Love Live! cosplay performance see the video below:

Part of the reason I organised the Love Live! cosplay meet was because I noticed the huge number of Love Live! cosplayers attending past Japanese Summer festivals. I thought it would be a great opportunity to to bring like minded fans together for some fun photos.

Below is the trailer for the first season of Love Live! if you need further temptation to get into the show if you haven’t already.

So I mentioned how this year I also took a friend along who hadn’t been before, I also let her wear one of my yukatas on the day. It was a lot of fun seeing how beautiful she looked in the yukata and to be able to share the joy of kimonos. For next year’s Japanese festival I’m planning on wearing one of my yukatas and maybe even buying a new one. I can’t wait. Oh and if any of you reading this are going to be there don’t hesitate to say hello. Another of my favorite parts of this year’s festival was someone coming up to me and saying she liked my blog. I was pleasantly surprised as I don’t usually get many comments on or about my blog either online or in person.

Below is just a sample of Ning Chan’s awesome photos from the event.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Will you be going to next year’s Japanese festival in Melbourne? It’s on the 23rd February, Federation Square Melbourne. If you would like to know more details about the festival check out their website here.


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