Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi)


In May we celebrated the national Japanese Holiday Children’s Day or Kodomo No Hi. This day is to show children respect and to celebrate their happiness. See some of the photos from the day and find out about upcoming Kid’s Days!

Group of school children waiting to have their faces painted Woman in yellow kimono showing children origami with bright yellow balloon in center Three boys playing on an arcade game with neon lights behind

As a way to say a great big thank you to the awesome local families that support their great community and businesses so well we wanted to offer an great afternoon out for the whole family centering around the little ones having a ball.
It was a beautiful sunny day as we started setting up the Roabata and Neon District section of the bar awaiting school time to finish. The balloons were scattered, arcade machines on and face painting station ready. Free kids meals were on offer with no other purchase needed from 4pm-7pm and we had a range of colouring activities including koi kites which represent family in Japan on Children’s Day.

Children colouring in lots of pieces of paper spread over table top

The most popular area however was the wonderful Yoshiko’s table! Yoshiko joined us to teach the kids how to make origami and what bring some authentic knowledge about the Japanese holiday. Draped in her yellow kimono and mastering the traditional art of origami she was an amazing asset to have on the day!

Woman in yellow kimono teaching children and parents origami with colorful balloons around

As families started arriving it was quite the relaxed afternoon with kids coloring, waiting to get their face painted or playing on our pinball machines when in the blink of an eye the crowd nearly tripled in size. We were overwhelmed with how many people wanted to be a part of the celebration. It was a kind reminder to us of how involved our local community is and how much people love coming together for a great time, no matter what age. We can’t thank the families that attended enough for always being there to support local businesses.

Three children one wearing Japanese headband eating various dishes of food and smiling at camera

The first one was such a success that we’ll be hosting more events like this through out the year. Keep watch because we’ll be announcing all the details for our next event “Karate Kids Day” soon!