What can you find here?

Authentic Japanese food made by local partners:

  • Sushi
  • Takoyaki (octopus dumpling)
  • Japanese curry
  • Edamame Beans
  • Onigiri (rice balls)
  • Dorayaki (waffles)
  • Nagashi-Somen (flowing noodles)
  • and much more!

Unique souvenir shops:

  • Japanese Sake (rice wine)
  • Japanese beers
  • Unique accessories and jewelry
  • T-shirts
  • Snacks
  • Ramune sodas
  • and much more!

Cultural experiences and workshops:

  • Taiko (drums)
  • tea ceremonies
  • calligraphy and origami workshops
  • kimono showcase and try out
  • a maid café
  • street fair games
  • Shiatsu (massage)
  • and much more!

Stage performances by professional artists:

  •  music performances
  • martial arts demonstrations
  • dance shows
  • games
  • and much more!

Who are we and why are we doing this?

We are two exchange students from Japan. We have become friends with a lot of people in Ghent thanks to the common interest in Japanese culture. We were surprised that Ghent has many Belgian students who study Japanese language and culture, and we discovered that a number of organizations and businesses (sports clubs, local restaurants, stores…) share a connection with the Japanese culture.

Out of gratitude for the friendship we experienced thanks to the people of Ghent, we now want to make you experience the same pleasure we felt! We want to bring together and connect people with a shared interest in Japan. Even people who are not familiar with Japanese culture can enjoy the festival, as there will be a lot of new things to explore. We are collaborating with many local organisations and businesses to make sure that there is something to enjoy for everyone!

We found that it is very difficult for many Belgian students studying Japanese here to go to Japan because it costs a lot. This is unfortunate, because we know that students who studied in Japan have a wonderful time. They greatly enjoy the Japanese culture, build a lot of friendships and have a lot of life-changing experiences. To encourage them to go to Japan and connect with locals, like we did in Ghent, we will donate the full profit of the event to World Campus International, an organisation that sponsors scholarships to Japan.

Do you like what we’re doing and do you want to help?

Here, you can find out how you can help sponsor our event, and help students fund their exchanges to Japan!