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Miura Matsuri - Community celebration in the Japanese garden
Miura Matsuri - Community celebration in the Japanese garden

Sat, 18 May



Miura Matsuri - Community celebration in the Japanese garden

Enjoy food, music, games and workshops celebrating our 30-year sister city relationship.

Time & Location

18 May 2024, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Warrnambool, Warrnambool VIC 3280, Australia


About the event

We're opening up the gates to come and explore the Miura Friendship Garden, learn about the history of the site and enjoy a great day out!

Otsukimi is an autumn festival that translates to "moon-viewing" - an ancient Japanese tradition where people gather to admire the beauty of the full moon. In Peek Whurrong Country, it's the Moron time - the honey bee season, when many insects are active and the short-finned eels make their way to the ocean.

This event will blend Japanese and First Nations cultures to reflect the original intention of the garden with lots of interactive fun: 

  • Listen - live performances sharing sounds and rhythms
  • Play - have fun learning Japanese games including karuta, kendama
  • Make - DIY tsukimi dango, a rice sweet eaten during the autumn harvest festival
  • Craft - ikebana Japanese flower arranging demonstrations with beautiful combination of native plants
  • Discover - seaweed workshops to learn about the different uses and try the flavours
  • Weave - start your own basket by joining our weaving circle
  • Tour - hear about the award-winning bush food garden and try some of the flavours
  •  Eat - try making onigiri rice ball making with bush food flavours, gyoza dumplings, miso soup

The Miura Friendship Garden is a hidden treasure using Japanese garden design principles and built using indigenous plants and locally sourced materials. It highlights Warrnambool's 30+ year sister city relationship, with educational and cultural exchanges happening for decades. 

This event is proudly sponsored by the Victorian Government's Regional Multicultural Festivals and Events fund.


  • Matsuri pass

    +Service fee



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