An estimated 2,000-strong crowd attended the festival, a number that included 1,678 Japanese language learners from secondary schools and higher education institutions across Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the occasion was graced by the presence of Dr. Makio Miyagawa, the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia, who was one of the judges for the Japanese Choral Speaking Competition and later presented the Ambassador?fs Cup to eventual winner SMK (P) Methodist Klang. A total of 15 other competitions and 64 workshops were also held.
Several of the workshops were conducted by the current batch of 20 Japan Foundation Nihongo Partners, who are attached to various local secondary schools. They even opened a booth called ENNICHI, whereby visitors were introduced to a range of Japanese children games.
An added special feature of this year?fs festival was the ?gLIVE WORK PLAY in Japanese?h Fair, which saw the participation of the organisers, Japanese matriculation programmes, as well as Japanese NGOs and companies. Although heavy downpour forced the Bon Odori to be cancelled, the rain failed to dampen the spirits of all who joined us for yet another successful event.