Konnichiwa Lincoln! Japan Festival returns on Valentine’s weekend

The Lincoln Japan Festival is set to return this February for its fifth annual celebration.

The event started in 2012 as a film festival and this year it will be hosting a variety of workshops and exhibitions from 17th of February. Organisers Blueprint Film Foundation are promising something for everyone in the city this year.

Japanese artists will be travelling from all over the country to showcase their work.

Since the festival will be running through the Valentine’s weekend, couples will get a chance to learn the art of Ikebana Japanese flower arrangements.

The weekend will not be dry for families with children. During the festival, A Thousand Cranes theatre company will be performing ‘The Little Mochi Man’ at the Blue Room of The Lawn on the Saturday noon. The theatre company aims to introduce children to Japan’s culture with origami puppets, animations and original music.

The highlight of the festival will be a traditional tea ceremony featuring antioxidant-rich Matcha tea. Buddha Maitreya of Pureland Japanese Garden in Newark will be performing the tea ceremony and will also explain the history and traditional value of tea.

Entry to the workshops and theatre shows will be £3 for children and £5 for adults. The actual locations are yet to be confirmed though.

Full programme can be accessed through their official website.

The project is supported by Awards for All, Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Foundation and the Japan Society.