Mall captivates shoppers with Japanese culture

Performers taking part in the Yosakoi dance performance.

Performers taking part in the Yosakoi dance performance.

ATRIA Shopping Gallery hosted a celebration of all things Japanese at the first-ever Atria Japan Festival 2019 at Ground Floor, Centre Court.

The inaugural 10-day festival, which took place earlier this month, was launched by Japan Information Service director and Japanese Embassy first secretary Etsuko Kurihara, together with Atria retail management director Lee Beng Beng.

A traditional Japanese musical performance of the koto followed the launch.

Ikenobo Ikebana School sensei Serena Kong and celebrated ikebana and ceramic artist Datin Ong Kid Ching were on hand to conduct demonstrations of the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement.

(From left) Judge Fishii Loh Mun Yee and Atria Shopping Gallery senior marketing manager Koay Poay Shin with the cosplay competition first place winner Wan Rong. (

The launch ended with a Yosakoi performance, a unique Japanese dance usually performed during festivals and events.

After the launch, guests were invited to view the first Ikebana exhibition in Atria.

Consisting of Ikenobo, Ohara and Sogetsu Schools, over 25 flower arrangements were displayed on the mall’s North Wing ground floor over two days.

Visitors to the mall during the festival also had a chance to take part in several activities.

A photo corner was set up at the event area where shoppers could snap selfies while dressed in Japanese traditional costumes that were rented out for RM10, with additional hair styling at RM5.

A Japanese games booth was also set up next to the stage for shoppers to experience traditional games like the wanage or ring tossing and sakana tsuri or fishing.

Participants had a fun time dressing up as their favourite cosplay characters and performing on stage.
Participants of the kids cosplay competiton had a fun time dressing up as their favourite characters and performing on stage

A tour package to Japan for two was the grand prize for the Japanese Costume Video Contest, sponsored by travel agency Parlo.

Contest participants had to dress up in Japanese costumes, record a 30-second video in Atria then upload it to their social media with hashtags #atriadj #atriashoppinggallery #atriajapanfestival.

Other activities included a soba-making workshop, an anime singing performance by Fate Feathers and a kids cosplay competition which attracted about 50 participants aged 12 and below.

Prizes worth RM3,000 were up for grabs and participants were required to perform a two-minute cosplay-themed dance. They had to prepare the props, make-up, costumes and theme songs themselves.

Seven-year-old Lee Wan Rong, who dressed up as Polynesian character Moana, took the top spot in the competition.

Central Region