The Australian Embassy shows sports diplomacy in action at the Shibuya Friendship Festival
Celebrating one year to go to the 2020 Paralympics, the Australian Embassy Tokyo opened a booth at the Shibuya Friendship Festival in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on Sunday 25 August, hosted by NHK and NHK Enterprises. Embassy staff and Club Australia volunteers welcomed over 400 visitors to the booth with free face painting, a photo spot with unique Australian animals and a service dog introduction. Visitors had the opportunity to learn about Australian sports and diversity through the AUS+RALLY sports diplomacy campaign.
Australian bassist and NHK personality, Marty Holoubek, introduced Waltzing Matilda and Australia’s national sporting chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”.
Australian Football League Japan took to the field to provide a free Aussie Rules clinic.
The Japan Service Dog Association and PR dog “Hash” presented on their successful collaborations with Australian service dog experts supported by the Australia-Japan Foundation.
Koala mascot Billy-kun greeted visitors supported by volunteers from the AUS+RALLY partner Club Australia.
The Embassy team even tried a Paralympic sport with a relay for blind and wheelchair runners.
Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Richard Court AC and Mrs Jo Court OAM popped by to try the photo spots with kangaroo and koala and chatted with visitors. We look forward to seeing Australian Paralympic athletes celebrated and cheered in Japan.