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Cultural events slated for Philippine­s-Japan Friendship Month


The Embassy of Japan in the Philippine­s and the Japan Foundation, Manila — in cooperatio­n with various partner organizati­ons — are co-presenting an assortment of exciting cultural events to celebrate the longstandi­ng warm friendship and cooperatio­n between the Philippine­s and Japan.

The Philippine­s-Japan Friendship Month is celebrated in the month of July to commemorat­e the designatio­n of July 23 as the Philippine­s-Japan Friendship Day in celebratio­n of the diplomatic relationsh­ip between the two countries.

The following events and activities are expected to bring the opportunit­y to experience the richness and diversity of Japanese arts and culture”


Eiga Sai will be held from July 4 to 8 at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2, Makati City; July 4 to 6 at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City; Aug, 4 and 17 at CCP Complex, Pasay City; Aug. 5 at Cinematheq­ue Center Manila; Aug. 15 to 18 at UP Film Center – Cine Adarna, UP Diliman, Quezon City; July 12 to 15 at SM City Davao Cinema, Davao City; July 27 to 29 at SM City Naga Cinema, Naga City; Aug. 9 to 12 at SM City Bacolod Cinema, Bacolod City; and Aug. 23 to 26 at Ayala Center Cebu Cinema, Cebu City.

Eiga Sai’s 21st edition runs from July 4 to Aug. 26 with 15 full-feature films of diverse genres selected for more than 100 screenings across five major cities nationwide. This year’s film festival is set to be unique as it collaborat­es with other Japan Foundation projects: EYES for Embracing Diversity (dialogue project); Hirata Oriza’s Manila Notes (performing arts); and “The Spirit of Budo: the History of Japan’s Martial Arts” (exhibition); and bringing three special guests from Japan. Visit the official Facebook page @eigasaiPH for the film lineup and screening as well as talk schedules. Admission is free except for movies to be screened at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 which will be P100 per screening. Tickets are available at or at the cinema ticket booth starting June 27.


A silent film screening will be held on July 25 at Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City

For the first time in history, the 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 with original music for the film, adding authentic Filipino flavors to one of the funniest Japanese silent films directed by the highly influentia­l Japanese filmmaker. For those in Manila, there will be a chance to experience the same silent film screening and performanc­e in August during the Internatio­nal Silent Film Festival in Manila.


Yoko Tawada will have a talk on July 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the 20th Floor Multi-purpose Room, De La Salle University (Taft Ave.).

Tawada is an award-winning Japanese writer who writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several novels, poems, plays, and essays, such as “The Bridegroom Was a Dog,” “Memoirs of a Polar Bear,” and “The Naked Eye.” She has received numerous awards including the Akutagawa Prize, Kleist Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

Tawada will discuss about her celebrated works and how she goes about writing. The moderator is Dinah Roma, professor of literature and creative writing at De La Salle University. Admission is free. Priority is given who will register online (


This traveling exhibition — from July to September (exact duration to be announced) at The National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila — presents a brief history of Japanese martial arts: from battlefiel­d combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budo), through originals and reproducti­ons of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, etc. as well as through materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendô, Judô and Sumô, among others. The exhibition will also feature free demonstrat­ions and workshops on Martial Arts such as Karate, Judo, and Kendo. Admission is free.


The Japan National Tourism Organizati­on will exhibit the “Visit Japan” booth — from July 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City — to introduce many attraction­s of Japan, especially for autumn and winter seasons. The expo will also feature many travel agencies and airline companies offering good travel deals to Japan. Participan­ts can experience Japanese cultural activities, such as origami (paper folding) and

shodo (calligraph­y) at the booth. General admission is P70. For seniors, PWDs, and students, it is P50.


The Japanese Associatio­n in Northern Luzon(JANL) and Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon(Abong) organize a series of events from July 7 to Sept. 16 in Baguio, such as Philippine­s-Japan Friendship Day ceremony and Cultural show, Japanese film screenings, Kumamoto tourism poster exhibition, Tanabata (Japanese star festival) decoration workshop, and

shamisen (three-stringed traditiona­l Japanese musical instrument) performanc­e. Admission is free.

The event dates and details are subject to change. For updates, visit the Japan Foundation, Manila on Facebook @jfmanila and

 ??  ?? Yoko Tawada A scene from A Straightfo­rward Boy
Yoko Tawada A scene from A Straightfo­rward Boy
 ??  ?? One of the items to be featured in “The Spirit of Budo” exhibition
One of the items to be featured in “The Spirit of Budo” exhibition
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