Light and colour fill Nara Peace Park for 15th Candle Festival

Ian Bushnell 31 October 2017

Canberra celebrated its 24th year as Sister City to Nara, Japan with a dazzling two thousand candle display last Saturday in beautiful Nara Peace Park on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.

Nara Peace Park was packed with Japanese music and arts and crafts such as calligraphy, lantern making, origami, ikebana and kite flying.

Practitioners of the traditional Japanese martial art of Kendo also demonstrated their skills.

No Canberra festival is complete without delectable food, and the 15th annual Nara Candle Festival treated Canberrans to the best of Australian and Japanese cuisine.

This year a 13th Century Japanese Knife Cutting Ceremony conducted by Grand Masterchef and Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Hideo Dekura, took centre stage.

Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action.

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