This year marked the 55 years since Indonesia and Japan re-enter the diplomatic relationship between both countries. Based on that and with the hope that the friendship could helped both countries to grow towards the future together, this year JakJapan Matsuri theme is “Indonesia – Japan: Always Together”.
“What will be different this year is that the festival will also feature a parade of police forces from five countries: Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the US, and Vietnam. They will march from the National Monument to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle,” Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Yoshinori Katori, told reporters after meeting with Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at City Hall on Monday.
“There will be workshops and Kendo also Karate demo,” he added.
There also will be a couple sports exhibition such as Football (Soccer) and Baseball.
Visitors can enjoy various cultural and musical performances, including from AKB48’s “sister group” JKT48 and pop star Agnes Monica, during the closing ceremony on Sept.8.
“We expect to attract up to 35,000 visitors,” said Katori.
The opening ceremony will be held on JS Luwansa Hotel, Grand Ball Room on September, 1st. While closing ceremony in Monas on September, 8th.
Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also added that there will be Betawi’s culture too in JakJapan Matsuri such as Tarian Selamat Datang and Gambang Kromong