The Canberra Nara Candle Festival is a celebration of the sister-city relationship between Canberra and Nara, Japan.

The Festival will not run in its usual format this year due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, however, we are still encouraging Canberrans to celebrate this relationship and to get involved with some of our Japanese inspired activities this October, culminating with a Foodie weekend – Itadakimasu – on 22-25 October.

During Itadakimasu, which means “Let’s eat!” in Japanese, Canberrans can celebrate the Sister City relationship by enjoying delectable Japanese style dishes from over 20 participating restaurants, offering a range of experiences from fine dining degustation to sashimi takeaway, warming miso or refreshing green tea ice cream. Make a booking for the Itadakimasu weekend, or visit participating restaurants in store to collect some tempting takeaways!

While the outdoor candle display won’t be lighting up Lennox Park, the community can still enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the Canberra Nara Peace Park, which was a gift to the people of Canberra from the people of Nara. While in the Park members of the community will have an opportunity to strike the Rotary Peace Bell from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October. Remember to stay COVID safe by practising good hygiene and social distancing, if you feel unwell please stay home, and if you have any symptoms, get tested.

A range of opportunities are on offer to embrace Japanese culture through arts, food, local businesses and community groups. Learn more about how you can eat, create, discover and connect.

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their elders, past present and emerging, their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.