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Japanmatsuri by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

 Today is the day that Japan comes to the UK. Japanmatsuri is a festival that showcases the Japanese culture and food delights to Trafalgar Square.  

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The Sticky

"London’s very own and much loved festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns this year on Sunday 25th September to Trafalgar Square, one of the capital’s most famous landmarks. Now in its 8th year and a regular fixture in the London calendar, this energetic annual event brings people together to enjoy an amazing day of Japanese food, music, dance and so much more. It’s a firm family favourite attracting large numbers of children and young people. And it’s absolutely free!"Japanmatsuri.com

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This year there are some special appearances from a number of renowned Japanese performers (for some it's there first appearance in the U.K). They also have dance routines from Aozasa Shishi Odori (deer dancers) and the extremely popular Radio Taiso musical exercise team that get the people of Trafalgar Square stretching and dancing in unison. The unmissable Joji Hirota and the London Taiko Drummers will be beating the drums and magician Taiju Fujiyama will dazzle you with traditional Japanese magic.

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So it's your chance to grab some of that Japanese culture today. This is an event you do not want to miss.  

Japanmatsuri

Sunday 25th September 2016, 10am – 8pm at Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

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Hyper, Hyper!! by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilains, 

Hyper Japan runs from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17 at Olympia in London.  The festival will feature a 'Game & Anime Park' area 'dedicated to otaku merchandise and activities,' with Crunchyroll, Nintendo and other companies getting in on the event.

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The festival has also confirmed the following anime-related guests:

Saturday

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Azumi Inoue, who sung the songs in Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

The Vocaloid character IA.  IA's voice is provided by the singer Lia, who sang theme songs for Air, Clannad, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Angel Beats!, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku, Little Busters! Refrain, and Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil.

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- Kaoru Wada, musician for numerous anime including Ninja Scroll, InuYasha, D.Gray-man and D.Gray-man Hallow.

- Suwa Michihiko, Chief Producer at the animation department of Yomiuri TV, who has production credits on many incarnations of Detective Conan, City Hunter, InuYasha and Yawara!

- Watanabe Tetsuya described as "a leading advertising agency producer of Japan," who has worked on such series as Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (The File of Young Kindaichi).

- Hirokatsu Kihara. He formerly worked in production at Studio Ghibli, where he was involved in Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.

- Takaaki Kono, a Japanese male singer who sings  covers anime songs.

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There will also be Manga workshops all over the show with your favourite anime distributors like Manga Entertainment, Anime Limited and MVM just to name a few.

This is your time to get a ticket (still some tickets are available at the door) and have fun in a place where you can be a kid again... plus enjoy the saki!!

link: hyper-japan

@ukanifest

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema by Aisha Anime

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 returns to bring Japanese culture ideals to the UK and the theme this year is IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema.

Spanning from 5 February to 26 March 2016 travelling around the country with some great cinematic releases to make you stop and think. Most importantly they have addressed the high demand of anime requests and are showing two this year. 

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

We follow Jun Naruse a young girl who believes her words have caused unmeasurable trouble. She is one day visited by a mysterious ‘Egg Fairy’ who casts a spell on her preventing her from speaking, stopping her from conveying her emotions. When she enters high-school, Jun is asked to join a musical – a group which turns out to be an unexpected mix of students all suffering from emotional trauma just like Jun. Through the key themes of friendship and music can will Jun be able to find her voice again?

A charming story from the creators behind the smash hit movie, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The creative team of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka return with a completely original animated film which was a huge hit upon its domestic theatrical release in late 2015, touching many hearts across Japan.

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

A animation from the Keiichi Hara who, who's film Colors Japan Foundation screened previously. (Watch the interview with Keiichi Hara here.)  Set in early Edo period, this animation brings to life the story of O-Ei, the daughter of the ukiyo-e master, Katsushika Hokusai (globally famous for his piece The Great Wave). 

Based on the original manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, an adaptation which Hara, a huge fan of the series, called ‘a dream come true,’ the film brings Sugiura’s comic and worldview to the big screen, creating a wonderfully detailed recreation of Edo life through combining hand-drawn 2-D with 3-D techniques. The film scooped three awards at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, including the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film.

Starting at the prestigious ICA London from 5th February - 11th February 

Find the full list of movies and anime on the Japan Foundation website.

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