Japan400 Plymouth: Global Japan Culture Showcase
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A tall ship will sail into Sutton Harbour on 27 September to commemorate the historic homecoming of The Clove 400 years ago. This re-enactment is the centrepiece of Japan400 Plymouth, an eight-day international event that celebrates the historic and cultural links binding the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Japan400 Plymouth reaffirms these links and opens new opportunities for exchange, collaboration and discovery. 


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 dyeing
  • manga  and illustration.
Free admission.

Location: Upper Floor, Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade, Plymouth.

Please note the amended finishing time: this event now finishes at 4pm.
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