Free Japanese culture day taking place in Preston

Posted on - 11th February, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Fashion, Music, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Attendees at the sixth UCLan Japan Day
Attendees at the sixth UCLan Japan Day

A free event sharing Japanese culture is taking place in Preston.


Organised by the University of Central Lancashire, the day is a celebration of a decade of promoting Japanese studies and culture at the uni.

Visitors to the family-friendly UCLan Japan Day will see live performances such as Soranbushi mass dance, martial art, J-Pop dancing and spectacular Taiko drumming.

They can also take to the catwalk in their favourite Japan-themed attire and learn how to play the Taiko drum.

Family workshops include Samurai warrior helmet making, an anime photobooth, Kamishibai picture story theatre, calligraphy, furoshiki wrapping, a Japanese language trial session. There is also a display created by Japanese school children for visitors to explore.


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For the adults, in addition to a language taster, there will be a tea ceremony and the opportunity to try on the traditional Japanese garment, the kimono. Visitors can also see how quickly UCLan students of Japanese advance in learning the language and see how Japanese popular culture Anime and Manga is researched.

Attendees will also be able to have a go at running their own Japan-themed shop and explore employment opportunities with JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) representatives.

UCLan first hosted its Japan Day 10 years ago and since then hundreds of people have attended the annual event, including a range of distinguished Japanese Ministerial visitors.

Organiser and Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at UCLan Takako Amano said: “To mark this milestone, we want to open it up to more than just students and invite the local community to come along. There will be activities and performances to view for everybody; from our very talented mass dance performances to authentic Taiko drumming displays.

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“There also will be an opportunity to taste a flavour of Japanese cuisine courtesy of the Nihon Shakken Corporation and experience a Japanese tea ceremony.

“I’m sure all visitors will enjoy themselves and leave knowing a little bit more about Japanese culture.”

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The event takes place on Saturday 24 February. It’s free to attend but morning slot tickets and/or afternoon slot tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite.

The day will be partly BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted, with one of the workshops demonstrating BSL vs Japanese Sign Language.

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