2018 is a special year for The Japanese Consulate in Cape Town as they celebrate their centenary, the oldest Japanese overseas mission on the African Continent, established in 1918. As part of its Centenary Celebrations, The Japanese Consulate will host a very special Japan Day 2018 – Centenary Edition on Saturday 17th March 2018 at Oude Libertas Slow Market (09:00 till 15:00).
The performances on the day will include martial arts demonstrations and workshops in a dedicated martial arts village, Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kenjutsu (Japanese sword demonstration), Kyudo (Archery), a Cosplay show, traditional Japanese music with Shakuhachi (flute), Koto (Japanese Harp), and authentic Japanese food demonstrations by a Japanese chef. Exhibitions will include Bonsai Competition, Koi fish and Sumi-e (Drawings by Japanese brushstroke).
The audience will also have a chance to participate and try Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy), Tea Ceremony Experience, Origami by Origami for Africa, Butterfly Art, Go (Japanese chess), trying on Yukata and more.
This year they have also invited vendors who will be selling some Japanese goodies. There’ll be something for everyone in the family, young and old, covering an array of interests. The festival is a free event, which will take place at the Oude Libertas Slow Market, therefore you will get the usual Saturday market experience plus an opportunity for Japanese cultural indulgence.