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If you love Japanese culture like we do, mark your calendar! Super Japan Matsuri will be held from 20 to 22 May 2016 at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay from 5pm to 10pm daily.


Like every other Matsuri (festival), you can look forward to a weekend of traditional Japanese festival food such as Takoyaki (octopus balls), Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), soft serve ice cream, and of course, Japanese beer.

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Yummy Takoyakis up for grabs at the Super Japan Matsuri. Credit: Wikipedia
Food stall at a typical Matsuri. Credit:
Food stall at a typical Matsuri. Credit:


Those who want to try your hand at Japanese games, you might want to start practising your Yo-yo tsuri (water balloon fishing), Senbonbiki (lucky strings game), Katanuki (candy moulding), Shateki (shoot prizes down), and many more.

Shateki – Shooting at prizes with a rubber band gun. Credit:
Yo-yo Tsuri – Fish water balloons up to win prizes. Credit:

If you didn’t win anything playing Yo-yo Tsuri, Senbonbiki will ensure the night ends on a happy note.

Children trying their luck at the Senbonbiki game. Credit: Pinterest (Dejiki)

Senbonbiki is a game where treats or prizes are attached to long strings. The game player will pull on a string, not knowing which treat is attached to it. Apparently, this is usually a ‘sure-win’ game.

Dress up

On top of that, if you dress to match their nightly theme (see image below), you’ll receive one free game coupon to be used at the festival.

Image source: Super Japan Matsuri
Image source: Super Japan Matsuri

This sure sounds like a great opportunity to dress up, cosplay, or put on a yukata (summer kimono)!

Ladies dressed in yukatas at a Matsuri. Credit:


Super Japan Matsuri
Date: 20 – 22 May 2016 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 5pm – 10pm (Fri), 3pm – 10pm (Sat & Sun)
Address: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Entry fee: Free admission, coupons required for games
Event page: Super Japan Matsuri

A Matsuri is all about having fun with friends and family. Call your friends, bring your family, get dressed for the theme, and play some games! Fun and laughter guaranteed.

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Also read: 5 Free Events & Shows All Lovers Of Japanese Culture Must Attend!