Education with Japan400 Plymouth
With Japan400 Plymouth you’ll not only have opportunities to experience the sights, sounds, textures and flavours of Japan, you’ll also be able to engage with them on a deeper level – with workshops and events that will allow you to share your knowledge with others.

Take part in a range of Japanese-themed activities across a number of different events, not only developing new skills and knowledge, but also learning how to introduce others to Japanese arts, language and even some of the more eccentric aspects of Japanese culture.

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Learning and sharing events


Manga! Anime! Illustration! - Plymouth Guildhall
Sunday 28 September 10.00-16.00
Free admission. No booking required.

Manga comics are highly regarded as one of Japan’s most important exports, so much so that in 2005, the Gaimushō (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) made it into a key plank of international foreign policy:  Manga gaikō (diplomacy through manga comics). 
  • Explore Japanese illustration, both traditional and contemporary.
  • Tour the marvels of Manga in the Embassy of Japan's Manga Jiman exhibition.
  • Let loose your artistic talents in an array of workshops and activities for people of all ages.  

Global Japan Culture Showcase - Plymouth Guildhall
Sunday 28 September 10.00-16.00
Free admission. No booking required.

Celebrate both traditional and modern Japanese culture through a showcase of performances and displays, and experience for yourself with interactive workshops. Do a bit of shopping, learn to write your name in Japanese, see calligraphy in action, learn about opportunities to study Japanese and improve your study skills, encounter modern pop culture and get a glimpse of traditional geisha fashion. There'll be something for everybody and every age from martial arts to food and hand-dyed fabrics, as well as:

  • taiko drumming
  • shakuhachi (bamboo flute)
  • Martial Arts - aikido, iaido, karate, kendo
  • shodo – calligraphy
  • chadō (the ‘way of tea’, tea ceremony)
  • kitsuke (the intricate skill of dressing in traditional kimono and tying obi belts) and fashion show
  • origami paper folding
  • Bengala fabric dying
  • manga and illustration

Maritime Synergies International Symposium - Plymouth University Campus
Monday 29 September 14.00-19.00
Free admission. Booking essential.
Registration at Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

  • Join this half-day event that brings together world-leading scholars and top-level specialists as they discuss Anglo-Japanese relations
  • With a special focus on maritime co-operation, the symposium will feature three expert panels focusing upon history, resources, and security respectively.
  • This event is hosted by Plymouth University and the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation who play a central role in promoting closer links between the UK and Japan, and we are pleased to welcome them to the South West in our exploration of this important relationship.

Primary Partnership Conference and Japan Society Southwest Teachers’ Resource Workshop - Plymouth University Campus
Monday 29 September 09:00-16:00

CANCELLED - Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances this event has now been cancelled.


Japan400 Plymouth Keynote Lecture - Plymouth University Campus
Tuesday 30 September 19.00-21.00
Booking essential. Contact Peninsula Arts Box Office for tickets.

'Japan400 and Plymouth:  Why 1614 matters in 2014’, by Professor Timon Screech (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
  • Professor Timon Screech will deliver the Japan400 Plymouth Keynote Lecture, narrating the fascinating story that saw England and Japan come together.
  • Explore the multi-fold legacy The Clove’s voyage has bestowed to us all, shaped for you by a world-leading scholar in the study of Early Modern Japan.
  • Timon Screech is Professor of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is the Co-Director of Japan400 celebrations in 2013.