East End’s Japanese Treaty festival treat for thousands

THOUSANDS of spectators turned up for a festival celebrating Japanese culture in London’s East End marking the 150th anniversary of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty. They were treated to a taste of rich culture at the Japan Matsuri which brought together art, craft, music, dance, food, theatre and puppetry

THOUSANDS of spectators turned up for a festival celebrating Japanese culture in London's East End marking the 150th anniversary of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty.

They were treated to a taste of Japan's rich culture at the Japan Matsuri in Spitalfields Market which brought together art, craft, music, dance, food, theatre, puppetry, games and family activities on Saturday.

Stalls offered a selection of Japanese foods and sakes while there were sushi rolling and calligraphy demonstrations as well as an exhibition of Japanese art and a series of martial arts demonstrations, including Aikido, Kendo, Iaido and Genkiko.

Taiko drum performances were given by Thames Taiko, with a grand finale by Joji Hirota and his taiko drummers.