Japan400 Plymouth: The Japan Fair on the Barbican
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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. 

Join the fun as Japan400 Plymouth teams up with the Plymouth Seafood Festival to stage a Japanese-style fair. 
  • Learn from the masters, with cooking demonstrations featuring celebrity chef Peter Gorton, sushi chef Dan from Goto Sushi, and special guest Yoshinori Ishii of Michelin star restaurant Umu.
  • Visit the Japan400 Plymouth stall, situated at the corner of Quay Square facing The Clove, and sample varieties of Japanese sake brought to you by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • Taste for yourself a feast of Japanese flavours at various food stalls.
  • Enjoy entertainment for the whole family in Quay Square, including: the Homecoming of The Clove and official proceedings (1pm-2pm) , Hibiki Ichikawa playing the shamisen (three-stringed banjo) and Akari Mochizuki, traditional folk singer, Kagemusha Taiko drumming, The Ronin-Kai Plymouth Kendo Club, Odoro! Dance! with the Cornwall and Devon Scouts. 
Free admission. Stalls continue to Sunday 28 September.

The Japan Fair also links in with the Plymouth Seafood Festival 2014 on 27-28 September (10am-5pm).
  • Sample and buy from a market of specialist seafood stalls. 
  • Discover more about the big blue with a sea-themed crafts and awareness area. 
  • Pick up new skills at the Cookery Theatre on The Parade area of the Barbican, with local and regional chefs demonstrating seafood dishes. 
  • Get the kids involved with puppet shows and face painting in Quay Square.

Location: Sutton Harbour and the Barbican, Plymouth.

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Japan Fair schedule

1pm: Japan400 Plymouth – Homecoming of The Clove Official Ceremony
Re-enactment of the return of The Clove and Captain John Saris from Japan in 1614
• Dignitary greetings
• Apples and cherries – tree ribbon ceremony
• Toys for giants – gifts from children of Japan
• Looking into the mirror – ritual sake barrel breaking
  • 2pm: Plymouth Seafood Festival Puppet show
  • 2.30pm: Plymouth Ronin-Kai Kendo Club (Kendo martial arts demonstration)
  • 3.15pm: Plymouth Seafood Festival puppet show
  • 4pm: Odoro! Dance! (Devon and Cornwall Scouts)

Saturday afternoon at the Cookery Theatre - Japanese cuisine

  • 2.15pm: Yoshinori Ishii (Umu, London)
  • 3pm: Dan (Goto Sushi, Plymouth)
  • 3.45pm: Peter Gorton with Rie Yoshitake (Sake Samurai)
  • 4.30pm: Ricardo Seffea (Yo Sushi, Plymouth)

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