Last Sunday was the last Make Sunday Special event in Bristol this year. Make Sunday Special is a monthly summer event which sees the streets of central Bristol closed for the day and local businesses setting up stalls in town. There is street entertainment, and a general feel of local community. It’s a great event, and I’m proud to live in a town which can maintain such a ‘small town’ feeling despite its size.
As a local business, the Japan specialist travel company I work for decided to join in and have a stand at the event. You can read my official report here, and this is just a few personal words about the event and some photos I took on the day.
It was a great chance to talk Japan with local people and to share Japanese culture with people who had perhaps never even considered it. We had a chopstick challenge game (picking up beans with chopsticks)…
A chance to make sushi with staff from Yume Kitchen (one of Bristol’s Japanese restaurants)
And a visit from Devon’s Kagemusha Taiko, who were wonderful!
Some of us got dressed up for the event, although I decided to keep things a bit casual so I could move around comfortably.
The event felt like the first ever Bristol Japan Matsuri and, who knows, perhaps it was! I certainly hope we can have similar, and bigger, events in the future!