Japan at the Mayor’s Thames Festival

Evening, Sunday 11th  September 2011 
5 pm to 6.30 pm: form procession
6.45 pm: Start
9.45 pm: Fireworks (and end of procession)

12 noon – 6pm
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September

The Mayor’s Thames Festival Night Carnival will be held in the evening of 11 September 2011, six months to the day after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan.  We’re raising money for Tohoku: you don’t have to give money, your participation, however, will generate cash.

During the weekend of the festival (Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 September; 12 noon to 6 pm) there will be workshops to make lanterns for the Night Carnival and other activities to raise money for the Japan Society Tohoku Relief Fund. These lanterns will be carried by volunteers and accompanying the JOJI HIROTA TAIKO DRUMMERS during the parade.

We need:
Empty plastic 1.5- or 2-litre mineral water bottles, ideally square bottles with ridged sides such as Volvic or Highland Spring, to provide the basis for the lanterns.  There are four collection points for bottles:

  • Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT (contact: Mark McEvoy, tel: 020 7465 6589)
  • Japan Society, Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ (contact: Yuko Kobayashi, tel: 020 7828 6330)
  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle), London NW1 4QP (contact: Susan Meehan)
  • ICN Gallery, 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH (contact: Taki Togashi)

We are looking for at least 100 Volunteers, prepared to dress in yukata or happi, to carry lanterns in the Night Carnival and also volunteers to help during the daytime (in shifts between 12 noon and 6 pm) over the weekend of the festival.

If you would like to take part in the Night Carnival, or volunteer to help with lantern-making workshops and other activities, please fill in the form below and we’ll get in touch. Alternatively, please telephone the Japan Society office on 020 7827 6330 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk

There is more information on the UK Japan Events Calendar.



We are looking for at least 100 volunteers (the more, the merrier), prepared to dress in yukata or happi, to carry lanterns in the Night Carnival on Sunday 11th September (approx. 6 – 9 pm). Or/and can you help with lantern-making workshops and other activities, working in shifts between noon and 6pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th? Please fill in the form below if you are willing to volunteer to help JAPAN at the THAMES FESTIVAL. Please submit one form per person if more than one of you wish to take part.