One of the great pleasures of living in Japan is discovering the wide array of cultural differences that we encounter. From arts to food to ways of life, it is difficult to overstate how not only different, but also amazing, this country’s cultural heritage is.
Another delight is how proud the Japanese are of their customs, and that they not only keep them alive, but find great joy in sharing them with visitors from overseas, and the people at the Japanese Folk Festival and Cultural Fair certainly fall into this category.
Japan Folk Festival is a travel and event company based in central Nagoya. Since their founding in 2005, they have organized and conducted a number of events aimed at introducing Japanese traditional culture to a greater worldwide audience in venues such as Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Conservatory of Milan, the Shangai and Yeosu World Expos, and Carnegie Hall.
The also look to break down barriers to Japanese culture here in Japan by putting on English-based fairs such as the Japanese Cultural Festival.
Set in the beautiful, leafy enclaves of Nakaumura Park on Saturday, 20 October, the Japanese Cultural Festival is a three hour event that gives participants an opportunity to not only witness, but also take part in and enjoy a wide variety of traditional Japanese cultures.
Whether you are interested in making Japanese ‘wagashi’ confectionary, trying your hand at calligraphy, being dressed in a kimono or enjoying a performance by classically trained koto players, there is so much to see and do.
For just 5,000 JPY for adults and 3,000 JPY for children (though there are a number of discounts available if you contact the group on their Facebook events page for further details) you will have access to all of these events. The Japanese Cultural Festival also gives you a great opportunity to try out your Japanese with the teachers, though if your ‘nihongo’ isn’t exactly ‘pera-pera’ there are translators on hand to ensure that communication is no problem at all.
As an opportunity to get to grips with some of Japan’s most endearing cultural activities, it really cannot be beat. All events are orchestrated and taught by true experts in their fields, who have a passion and desire to share their skills with the wider world.
The Japanese cultural festival is ideal for anyone with even the remotest of interest in the arts for which Japan is famed. Bring friends, bring family, or just pop alone and make new friends, it is an experience that you will always remember.
Photo: via japanfolkfestival.com (With permission)