More than 21,000 experienced the exuberance of the first-ever Japan summer festival at the Singapore Sports Hub
 
Sep 10, 2018
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Singapore, 8 September 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Singapore Sports Hub basked with festivities as more 21,000 visitors gathered at the National Stadium for the first day of the two-day Japan Summer Festival, held in conjunction with Sports Hub Community Play Day at the National Stadium.

The stadium grounds provided an immersive experience for visitors to embrace the Japanese culture. The Japan Summer Festival is organised in collaboration with the Japanese Association of Singapore, to foster stronger cultural understanding between both the Japanese and local communities.

Guests-of-Honour Mr Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister and Ms Tan Gee Keow, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) witnessed the heart-thumping beats of the Taiko Drummers and the time-honoured Bon-Odori Dance, a traditional dance associated with the summer season. They also toured the event ground which comprises of food and beverage, merchandise, (details in Annex A) and game booths as well as motorsport related activities at the Sports Hub Community Play Day ‘Fun-On-Wheels’ zone.

Mr Peter Sullivan, General Manager, Singapore Sports Hub, said, “The Japan Summer Festival, held in conjunction with the 10th edition of the Sports Hub Community Play Day, is perfect for the community, especially for families to enjoy each other’s company over the weekend. Visitors will experience an immersive Japanese cultural day out with great delights.”

Under the canopy of the world's largest free-spanning dome, families were able to bond through the games played at the Pokémon Carnival zone, the Sports Hub Community Play Day – Fun on Wheels! zone, Japanese Association’s Game Corner, and the Bon-Odori dance.

35-year-old Deepa Nanwani Singh and mother of a 3-year-old boy, said, “This festival caters for the various age groups, with the different games for the younger ones, F&B areas and stage performances. My son is really enjoying himself with every game at the Pokémon Carnival, and getting a set of prize stickers with every win. He has tried almost all the games and his favourite game is the Gengar Shadow Ball.”

35-year-old Natalie Huang, a mother of two girls aged 2 and 5, who came with her husband and extended family, said, “One of my children’s favourite activities was this nostalgic Giant Pick-Up Sticks game; the sticks were as tall as my kid, and they had to drop it on the floor and you are not supposed to pick the other sticks. It was an enjoyable experience for my girls.”

28-year-old Christopher Tan, who visited the festival with his girlfriend, said, “It was a delightful surprise to find the Daytona arcade game here. This is a game that I grew up with during my school days and I had a blast playing the game. It really brought back good memories.”

‘Fun-On-Wheels’ Activities - Keeping Active at the Hub

Besides arcade games, a Singapore GP F1 Roving Truck was on site inside the National Stadium, for participants to test out the reflexes of car racing enthusiasts in the simulators. Families and friends also took part in a “Family Drag Race” activity, where they mounted a cardboard car and race to the finish line.

Fitness enthusiasts practiced their footwork and sweated it out at the J-Party Fitness mass workouts conducted by Japanese instructors, while tennis fans enjoyed a teaser of the excitement of the upcoming WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Finals coming up in October at the Singapore Indoor Stadium through fun tennis-related challenges at the mini-tennis court.

At the ELXR training area, participants got to discover more about their fitness potential and the kind of training their bodies are more inclined towards. The ELXR training app, Asia’s first DNA-based training system, leverages personalised data to help sports enthusiasts train smarter. Members of the public were able to perform trial tests at the National Stadium.

The J-Party Fitness programme is available from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday, 9 September. All other ‘Fun-On-Wheel’ activities are available from noon.

Domo and Pikachu Meet-and-Greet Sessions

There were plenty of ‘wow’ moments among children with the appearances of popular mascots, Domo and Pikachu. Those who missed the meet-and-greet sessions today, can still come on Sunday to take pictures with their favourite characters. Meet-and-greet sessions will be held on a first-come-first-served basis on Sunday (details in Annex B).

The Bon Odori dance & Yukata Try-outs

The activities for Saturday drew to a climatic close with the Bon-Odori mass dance, the highlight for Japanese summer festivals. Participants dressed in traditional summer garment, the yukata, circled around the centerstage, dancing to the rhythm of the night.

63-year-old Mr Yoshihiko Kimata, a participant at the Bon-Odori, said, “I have lived in Singapore for 3 years, but this is the first time I’m taking part in the Japan Summer Festival here. Towards the end of summer, there are such festivals everywhere in Japan, but there are usually only traditional Japanese songs and dance performances, and it attracts mostly the older generation. However, today, I’m surprised that it’s such a big event that it has a mix of modern and traditional performances, with a lot of young people, and I really enjoy seeing the interaction between Singaporeans from different races, and the Japanese.”

Visitors coming down on Sunday are encouraged to bring or rent the traditional Japanese summer garment, the Yukata. The Yukata rental service is priced at $15 and available on Sunday, 9 Sep, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Renters can wear the garment till the end of the event at 8:10pm on Sunday. Yukatas are limited and rented out on a first come, first served, while stocks last. The Summer Festival concludes with the Bon Odori dance, where participants can take part in the traditional dance while wearing the Yukata.

Tickets for the Japan Summer Festival can only be purchased at the ticketing booth outside National Stadium Gate 6 at $6 from 11am to 7pm as online ticket sale is no longer available.

For more information on the Japan Summer Festival, please visit https://www.sportshub.com.sg/japansummerfest.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Bertrand Teo
Singapore Sports Hub
DID: +65 6653 9716
HP: +65 9321 8550
Email: bertrand.teo@sportshub.com.sg

Victoria Tan
Singapore Sports Hub
DID: +65 6653 9714
HP: +65 8228 9406
Email: victoria.tan@sportshub.com.sg

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