Japanese Language and Culture Festival 2020 beckons this weekend

The Japanese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam will hold the ‘Japanese Language and Culture Festival 2020’ at Times Square Shopping Centre from February 8-9.

The event is open to the public free of charge to introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and lifestyles, as well as promote the Japanese Language, through stage performances and booths.

The embassy will conduct Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations, and a cooking demonstration by the ambassador’s chef.

The tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.

There will be a special appearance by four musicians from Japan: Yamanaka Nobuto (Tsugaru-shamisen), Katano Satoshi (Shinobue), Taka and Tsukamoto Junya (Wadaiko) for ‘Musashi: Music From The East.

They are award-winning musicians specialise in traditional Japanese music, performing in Japan and internationally. After Brunei, they will be at REXKL in Kuala Lumpur on February 11.

Tsugaru-shamisen refers to the musical style originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori Prefecture played on the three-stringed plucked instrument known as the shamisen.

Shinobue is a Japanese transverse flute that has a distinctive high-pitched sound and Wadaiko is a traditional Japanese drum.