July 04, 2018

List: Philippines-Japan Friendship Month Events You Can’t Miss

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  • Celebrate the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month with an exciting lineup of cultural events and activities this July!

    Every July, The Philippines-Japan Friendship Month is celebrated with an assortment of exciting cultural events to commemorate the longstanding warm friendship and cooperation between Philippines and Japan.

    Make sure you keep your July schedule open for an opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of Japanese arts and culture!

    Japanese Film Festival: 21st EIGASAI

    The 21st year of EIGASAI runs from July 4 to August 26, 2018, with 15 full-feature films of diverse genres on over 100 screenings across five major cities nationwide. Cinemas will include but not limited to Greenbelt, Cinematheque Center Manila, Cine Adarna in UP Diliman, SM City Davao, Naga, Bacolod and Ayala Center Cebu. There will be a schedule of talks after the screening and even a special silent film narration performance.

    Also read: EIGASAI: Japanese Film Festival in Manila is back this 2018

    Baguio Tanabata Festival

    Organized by the Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL) and Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong), this year’s Baguio Tanabata Festival will be offering tourism poster exhibitions, Japanese film screenings, workshops, plus Japanese instrument and performances. This year, the festival will go from July 7 to September 16, 2018, on multiple venues including Baguio Country Club, Japanese Garden, and Baguio Museum.

    Also read: Baguio Tanabata Festival 2018: Celebrating Japanese Culture and Arts

    Writing in Two Worlds: An Afternoon with Yoko Tawada

    Two worlds come together as an award-winning bilingual writer, Yoko Tawada talks in a unique literary event in Manila next month. Hosted by The Japan Foundation Manila and Goethe-Institut Philippinen with De La Salle University, “Writing in Two Worlds: An Afternoon with Yoko Tawada” happens this July 9, 2018, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 20th floor Multipurpose Room, Andrew Gonzalez Hall, De La Salle University.

    Also read: Bilingual Author Yoko Tawada in Manila for Literary Event

    Travel Madness Expo 2018: The Japan Foundation Booth

    Gather together at the 7th Travel Madness Expo (TME) this July 5 to 8, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Every TME, The Japan Foundation puts up a “Visit Japan” booth to introduce many attractions and travel deals to Japan. Participants can experience Japanese cultural activities such as origami and shodo at the booth.

    Also read: Travel Madness Expo 2018 at SMX Convention Center

    Silent Film Screening with Filipino Benshi and Musical Accompaniment

    Japan Foundation Manila in partnership with Ateneo de Naga University present the first-ever performance by Filipino benshi (silent film narrator) accompanying Yasujiro Ozu’s silent film comedy: A Straightforward Boy. The Filipino benshi’s captivating live interpretation of the Japanese silent film will be backed also by a Filipino band from Naga composing original music for the film on July 25 at the Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City.

    The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition

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    The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition will open soon at The National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila. The duration is yet to be announced but the upcoming traveling exhibition is known to present originals and reproductions of historical weapons, suits of armor, as well as thorough materials and photo panels of popular sports and exercises like Kendo, Sumo, and Judo.

    Be festive this month as the whole country celebrates the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month! The event is made possible as the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japan Foundation Manila bring Japanese culture to the Filipinos this July 2018.

    This is a press release. Minor edits were made prior to publishing.

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