Japanese Week hosted by Bucharest Village Museum

The National Village Museum based in the Romanian capital in cooperation with Japan’s Embassy to Romania and Japan Culture Advance Team J-CAT organise the Japanese Week over Aug. 29 – Sept. 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the resumption of the diplomatic ties between Romania and Japan.

The event is part of the cultural programme called Japan Danube Friendship Year 2009.

The Village Museum inn will host a week-long traditional cooking exhibition called Ajimi Matsuri – the Festival of Tastes, where the visitors will taste various foods offered by Sushi Mania.

The nearby open-air stage will host traditional music and dance shows, martial arts shows and yukata parade performed by volunteers of Japan Culture Advance Team, H imawari Association from Iasi (eastern Romania), Lente Association, Romanian Kempo Federation, Romanian Kendo Club and Romania Aikido Centre.

Inter-active workshops of ikebana – the art of floral arrangements -, of origami – the art of paper folding – and shodo – the art of Japanese calligraphy will be held, to be coordinated by Japanese experts.

A Japanese book exhibition will also be staged, with the visitors having the possibility to buy books.

The National Village Museum will host another two exhibitions – on Nagasaki Festival and on the diplomatic ties between Romania and Japan.

The Romanian Go Federation and the Saijo Association will organise Go courses – a sport of the mind and a national game in Japan – , while Japan Culture Shop Association will give beginners’ courses on the Japanese culture, civilisation and language.

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