About Japan Festival Perth

There are significant Japanese nationals working and studying in Western Australia and also some are living on a permanent basis raising their Australian families. The numbers are growing, reflecting the long history of friendship between the two nations.  


In Perth, there are several Japanese communities helping hands to people in need. The Japan Festival Association in Perth Inc. (“JFAP”) was established in 2013 as a non-profit organisation with an aim to raise the overall Japanese profile in WA. As part of its activities JFAP reached out to these communities to look for ways to become more closely involved with and to contribute to this beautiful multi-cultural society. The idea of Japanese “MATSURI” (meaning “festival” in Japanese) was launched as an opportunity to realise this dream under the name of the Japan Festival Event.


JFAP is the responsible entity for the Japan Festival Event. With the support from the City of Perth, Rio Tinto, Woodside, Australian and Japanese friends, the 1st MATSURI in Perth took place in February 2014 at Forrest Place in the Perth CBD. It attracted an estimated 10,000 people and was hailed as a great success, bringing a distinct Japanese flavour and sense of matsuri to the people of Perth.


The matsuri is a free event with lots of fun for kids and families as well as adults, offering a great opportunity for the Perth community to experience one of the most important cultures of Japan.

The Japan Festival Association in Perth Inc. is incorporated in Western Australia under the Associations Incorporate Act 1987 (Section 9(1)). Registered No: A1017471H


ABN: 12 787 414 676

Registered Office: c/o KPMG, 235 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000


Chiharu Fukumoto, President
Principal, The Weekend Japanese School
Nobuyasu Suzuki, Vice President and Secretary
Director, KPMG
Ben Opie, Treasurer
Partner, KPMG
Adam Handley, Legal Advisor
Managing Partner, Minter Ellison

Japan Festival MATSURI (Cultural event) Committee

Mr. Chiharu Fukumoto, Chairperson (The Weekend Japanese School)
Mr. Nobuyasu Suzuki, Vice Chairperson (KPMG)

Mr. Takashi Komatsuzaki  (JAPAN Club WA)
Mr. Akira Kinoshita (Nippon Food Supplies)
Mr. William Perera  (JETAA WA)
Ms. Sally Wals (JETAA WA)
Mr. Masataka Onishi
        (Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre in Perth)
Ms. Melissa Luyke
        (Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre in Perth)
Mr. Shinichi Otsuki  (support net Nijino-kai)
Ms. Kyoko Mizuno  (support net Nijino-kai)
Ms. Miyuki Taniguchi  (Australia-Japan Society WA)

Mr. Shigekazu Furuya (Japanese Association of WA)
Mr. Hirotaka Hamamoto(Japanese Association of WA)
Mr. Shohei Yamaguchi(Japanese Association of WA)

Mr. Toshio IDA (the Consulate General of Japan in Perth)
Mr. Hideo Shinozuka(the Consulate General of Japan in Perth)