Monday, September 29, 2008

Sakura Matsuri

Arriving in Cowra at 10 PM Friday night after 5 hours ride from Sydney by Countrylink service, check in small hotel just right in the town centre and threw my self onto the bed straight away. The next day, it was a beautiful day at the18th Annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at Cowra Japanesee Garden. This 5 hectares garden designed by Mr. Ken Nakajima claimed to be The Largest Japanese Garden in the southern hemisphere. Some great performances such as Tea Ceremony, Bonsai and Ikebana demonstration, Origami & Calligraphy, Samurai & Karate demonstration, Wine and Sake testing and Geisha dances entertained the folks for almost the whole day. It was my first time to enjoy the live Geisha performance, and it was really beautiful dances by 5 authentic Geisha from Japan. A quick visit to Windorie winery on my way back to the hotel in the afternoon to try the Sakura Shiraz wine.

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