Jak-Japan Matsuri 2012
Jak-Japan Matsuri is a summer festival held annually supported by Japanese embassy and Indonesian goverment. This year is no exception. Held at Lapangan Ikada, Monumen Nasional, which is one of the major landmarks of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I attended to the closing event of the festival which is held from 10AM until 9PM.
There’s also a lot of cosplayers attending the event
Sword Art Online is a very popular ongoing anime right now, I also watch the series and get fascinated by the awesomeness of the anime. Bumped into SAO cosplayers Asuna and Kirito then asked to take a shot with them right away.
No surprise that Japanese people also came to the festival
Events at the Main Stage
Yukata Fashion show
Entertaining Jazz performance from Japanese Galaxy Jazz Band
Collaboration of Galaxy Jazz Band and Indonesian singer
Live Singing Performance by May J, host of famous Japanese TV show, J-Melo.
Took a fancam of May J performance singing 『風になりたい』 which literally means “I want to become wind”
Performances from JKT48, sisters of AKB48. They performed Indonesian version of Heavy Rotation, Ponytail to Shushu, and Baby Baby Baby
Also took a fancam of JKT48 performances
Ponytail to Shushu
Baby Baby Baby
Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara feat. Young Boys
Various singing performances and closing festival
Booths at the festival
JKT48 official merchandises are originally available at Papaya, one of the largest chains of Japanese supermarkets in Jakarta
There’s a small version of Sakura tree at the festival
Calligraphy lessons at Toyota Booth
Bon Odori at the end of the festival. Bon Odori (盆踊り?), meaning simply Bon dance is a style of dancing performed during Bon festival, but now is famous and also performed at Summer Festival.
Hanabi at the closing of the main stage events. Hanabi is the Japanese word for fireworks (花火)
Jak-Japan Matsuri entrance
I had fun in this event and wish to come again next year to enjoy and learn more of Japanese culture.