To mark the transition to autumn, Marseille is putting on the colors of Japan with the organization of the 12th edition of the “Akimasturi” festival which will open “Japan Week” from September 30 to October 7. An ideal week for all fans of Japanese culture, with a much broader program than other editions.
Like every year for the past 12 years, around the first weekend of October Marseille celebrates, at the Parc Borély botanical garden, the arrival of autumn with the Japanese Akimasturi festival. This year this weekend kicks off Japan Week. This event, organized with the Japanese consulate, is an opportunity for young and old to discover traditional Japanese culture.
What will visitors find this year?
First, they will find the “traditional” stands: Japanese archery. Tea ceremonies. Traditional dance. Introductory courses in Japanese calligraphy. Bonsai workshops. But this year the festival is innovating with: kimono demonstrations. From Nippon Kempo. Painting on fans. A drawing and photography competition.
And the rest of the week?
Wednesday October 4 : children will be in the spotlight. This day of the week will be dedicated to a younger audience with: origami workshops, Japanese lantern creation workshops, Japanese story tellers, introductions to the Japanese language, and concert by the Bamboo Orchestra.
Thursday October 5 : at 7 p.m., at the Alhambra cinema, you can go see the film “Our Little Sister” by director Kore-Eda by reservation ([email protected]). Followed by the preparation and tasting of a Japanese curry.
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