The Slack Space Japanese Cultural Exhibition begins on  31st August with a ‘Festival Day’ taking place all day on Saturday 3rd September.   Here’s the list of what’s on and when.

Wed 31 August 11:15pm – 1pm
Jiriki Seitai
Jiriki Seitai is Japanese self-healing exercise, somewhat like a mixture of ‘Yoga’ and ‘Ki’. It combines elements of Shiatsu massage, movement and meditation. Demonstration and participation.

Wed 31 August 2pm – 3:15pm
Japanese Kids Crafts
Activities include colouring, Japanese/Hiragana writing, tattoos and more.

Wed 31 August 7.00pm
Calligraphy workshop
Japanese calligraphy (“Shuji”) has become one of the popular traditions well known in countries including the U.K. In the workshop, participants will have advanced experience more than simply trying to use calligraphy brush. First the Japanese instructor will demonstrate writing a meaningful character, such as “moon”, “water”, or “friend”, then participants will have a chance to copy the letter themselves. Feedback on the individual work will be given so that every participant will be able to practice writing the letter again (and more if he or she would like) to bring improved work back home. Necessary tools will be provided. Please make sure you are in clothes that do not mind getting ink stains on.

Thur 1 September 2pm – 3.30pm
Origami club
Take part in this fascinating traditional Japanese activity

Thur 1 September 4pm – 6pm
Introduction to Haiku
Haiku Workshop

Thur 1 September 6.30pm
Japanese stab bookbinding workshop
An introduction to this beautiful technique including contemporary versions of Yotsume toji, Kangxi, Asa-no-ha toji, Kikko toji and Yamato toji

Friday 2 September 2pm – 6pm
Introduction to Haiku
Haiku Workshop

Sat 3 September 11am – 6pm
Matsuri – Japanese Festival Day
A special one day Japanese festival led by the Japanese community in Colchester and the highlight of our three week Japan exhibition. Come and join in and learn more about this fascinating culture. Activities include Japanese artefacts, Karate, Taiko drumming performance and workshops, Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), Sushi making and opportunities to try Japanese traditional foods, Japanese tea ceremony, origami and calligraphy demonstrations as well as face painting and, for the children, Takeuma, a form of Japanese play.

11:30 – 12:00 Jujitsu
12:30 – 12:40 Taiko Adult Performance By Norwich Taiko Centre
12:40 – 12:50 Taiko Children Performance
12:50 – 13:10 Taiko Children Workshop
14:00 – 14:15 Kamishibai by Ayako
14:30 – 15:00 Kimono Show
15:15 – 15:45 Kembu (Bushido Dance)
16:15 – 16:35 Taiko Adult performance
16:35 – 16:55 Taiko Adult Workshop
17:15 – 17:30 Kamishibai by Ayako
17:45 – 18.00 Song by Shona and Caron

Tue 6 September 7.30pm
Myths and Beasts – the Yokai monsters in Japanese Culture
A talk by Alex Davis on the Japanese monsters known as Yokai and how they have engrained their way into Japanese lives.

Wed 7 September   7pm – 11pm
Japanese Film Showing: Akira Kurosawa Seven Samurai 1954
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. Includes introductory talk by Eileen Warner

Thurs 8 September   7pm – 11pm
Japanese Film Showing: Yasujiro Ozu Tokyo Story 1953
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. Includes introductory talk by Therese Brabant

Sat 10 September 2pm – 4pm
Slack Folk
Free and accessible afternoon folk club. This month featuring traditional Japanese folk music   from Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa and singer Alika Mochida

Slack Space, Ground Floor, St James House, Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PQ