Cherry tree and the pagoda, which was Fuji and background. Image: Shutterstock

The Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam is set to hold the annual Japanese Language and Culture Festival 2020 this weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre.

The two-day event which starts on February 8 until 9 is open to the public which aimed to introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese culture and lifestyles, as well as promote the Japanese language, through stage performances and booths.

Japanese Matcha tea ceremony. Image: Shutterstock

The embassy will also conduct demonstrations on Japanese tea ceremony and cooking activity by the ambassador’s chef.

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

Moreover, there will be a special appearance by four musicians from Japan; Yamanaka Nobuto playing the Tsugaru-shamisen, Katano Satoshi for Shinobue, Taka and Tsukamoto Junya with the Wadaiko drums for “Musashi: Music From The East”.

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival, Taiko Drumming by Wadaiko Rindo. Image: Shutterstock

They are award-winning musicians specialising in traditional Japanese music who performed not only in Japan but also internationally.

Tsugaru-shamisen refers to the musical style originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori prefecture played on the 3-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.

Musician playing traditional Shinobue flute accompanying dance troupe in the street during Awa Odori festival in Shimokitazawa. Image: Shutterstock

After Brunei, the musicians will be at REXKL in Kuala Lumpur on February 11, playing a wide range of Japanese songs from traditional to contemporary while introducing their traditional Japanese musical instruments.

The event is held in cooperation with Times Square, the Japan Foundation, the Continuing Education and Training Division (IBTE CET) of the Ministry of Education, the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA), the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Alumni, the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) Alumni (BERSATU), and Brunei Japan Friendship Association (BJFA) University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and University Teknologi Brunei (UTB) Chapters. – Analisa Amu

Japan Culture Week 2020 poster. Image: Courtesy of Japanese Embassy in Brunei

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