Come discover Japanese culture, enjoy Japanese beer and food, watch Japanese performance on an outdoor stage, and borrow a Kimono (1-hour, free) !


Many other interesting activities will be at the 17th edition of Matsuri Japon, taking place this Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal (8155, rue Rousselot, Montreal (Quebec) H2E 1Z7). Metro Jarry, bus 193.


Come to see how this community with a very small number of members can organize an event attracting thousands of people. Come to see how they enlist the help of hundreds of volunteers (many of them are Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean youths).





Entertainment Schedule 2018

Main Stage

12:00 ~ 12:30 Opening ceremony ( Taiko/ Speech/ Kagamiwari/ Omikoshi )
12:35 ~ 13:05 Taiko ( Kazekko / Children group )
13:10 ~ 13:40 Nanchu Soran Bushi ( Japanese modern dance )
13:45 ~ 14:20 Taiko ( Inazuma Daiko / Arashi Daiko)
14:25 ~ 14:55 Komachi Montréal ( Japanese dance group )
15:00 ~ 15:20 Shamisen
15:25 ~ 15:45 Montreal Ondo
16:00 ~ 16:30 Genji Band
16:35 ~ 17:05 Ties and Ribbons ( J-rock and anime-related songs )
17:10 ~ 17:50 Taiko (Inazuma Daiko / Arashi Daiko )
18:00 ~ 18:20 Montreal Ondo
18:25 ~ 18:55 Genji Pianists
19:00 ~ 19:20 Sakuramai ( Japanese Yosakoi dance group )
19:20 ~ 19:50 Nanchu Soran Bushi ( Japaese modern dance )
19:55 ~ 20:20 Taiko ( Inazuma Daiko / Arashi Daiko )
20:20 ~ 20:30 Closing ceremony

Martial Arts Stage

12:45-13:15 Karate Camille Ohan
13:25-13:55 Judo Shidokan
14:05-14:45 Kyudo
14:55-15:25 Aikido yoshinkan
15:35-16:05 Kyudo
16:15-16:55 Genbukan Akakage Dojo
17:05-17:35 Montérégie Aikikai Aikido
17:45-18:15 Oakville Kenjutsu
18:25-18:55 Sandokai

On-site Activities


  • Yoyo fishing
  • Superball
  • Origami
  • Face painting
  • Sumo
  • Daruma otoshi
  • Tamaire
  • Karuta
  • Whack-A-Mole
  • Claw Crane
  • Traditional game demonstration

Other activities

Bon Odori
Bon Odori (meaning simply Bon dance) is an event held during Obon. It is celebrated as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel toward one's ancestors.
Kyudo literally meaning "way of the bow", is the Japanese art of archery. It is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budo).
A mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine. Shinto followers believe that it serves as the vehicle of a divine spirit in Japan at the time of a parade of deities. During a matsuri, people bear a mikoshi on their shoulders by means of the two poles. They bring the mikoshi from the shrine, carry it around the neighbourhoods that worship at the shrine, and in many cases leave it in a designated area, resting on blocks for a time, before returning it to the shrine.
Taiko means "drum" in Japanese (etymologically "great" or "wide drum"). Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums (‘wa-daiko’, "Japanese drum", in Japanese) and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming (sometimes called more specifically, "kumi-daiko".
Yukata is a Japanese summer garment. People wearing yukata are a common sight at fireworks displays, bon-odori festivals, and other summer events. The yukata is a casual form of kimono that is also frequently worn after bathing at traditional Japanese inns. Though their use is not limited to after-bath wear, yukata literally means bath(ing) clothes.



Perry (Phuc) Nguyen
(514) 268-2323




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