Ten-second takeaway

With workshops, performances and much more to showcase the best of Japanese culture, Japan Habba 2016 is a one-day festival you shouldn’t miss.

Hello, Japan

Back for its 12th edition, Japan Habba 2016, the popular annual Indo-Japanese cultural event, packs in enough to keep you engaged for an entire day. Whether you’re a student learning Japanese, someone avidly interested in their traditions or even just looking for an entertaining weekend, the fest has something for everyone. Encouraging a form of cultural exchange, Indian culture and products will also be presented at the event. So, you get to sample dishes from food stalls serving both cuisines or sit back and enjoy stage performances (skits, songs and dances) representing cultures of the two countries. Keeping in line with the theme chosen for this year, Chochin: Guiding Light (traditional Japanese lanterns), they have a special lantern making workshop and a Chochin corner as well, where you could get one to spruce up your home.

When in Japan..

After you are done looking around (and shopping, of course) at the handicraft and anime merchandise stalls, we suggest you get a first-hand experience of Japanese traditions. Be part of a Sado (Japanese tea ceremony) or try on the Yukata (a casual, kimono-like garment worn mostly during the summer). They also have stalls where you can learn ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement), origami (paper-folding art) or Shodo (Japanese calligraphy). While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the games corner where you can play traditional games like Kendama.

Where: Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College Campus, Palace Rd, Gandhi Nagar

When: Sunday, February 21, 10am onwards (free entry)

Contact: japanhabbaoc@gmail.com

Find the event on Facebook here.

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