University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
The Japan DayS @UCLan (Cultural Event) is back for the 10th time on Saturday 24 February 2024.
We are delighted to announce that due to the increasing popularity of this event we are moving to a larger venue. This year’s event will be hosted in Foster Building at our Preston Campus.
This Cultural Focused event will be opened by a special guest from the Japanese Embassy, after the opening performance of Soranbushi Dance by students of Japanese and exchange students from Japan.
You can watch the powerful Taiko Drumming performances and also join Taiko Drumming workshops (Pre-booking necessary from the link below), ran by the fabulous full-scale of Kaminari Taiko Group.
You can even take part by walking the Runway in your favourite Japan themed attire!
Why not register to experience learning the language: there will be taster sessions for complete beginners of Japanese (Pre-booking necessary).
There will be hands-on workshops such as Sa-do: Tea ceremony, Sho-do: Calligraphy, Samurai Warrior helmet making using Origami techniques and Furoshiki eco wrapping.
You can also see displays and performances such as Marshal Arts, Manga/Anime research roundtable, Japanese Sign Language (JSL) vs British Sign Language (BSL)and J-Pop Dance. There also will be picture theatre Japanese storytelling, Kamishibai, that is very popular amongst children. You may also want to try dressing in casual Kimono, called Yukata.
A promenade of Japan themed shops where you can purchase Japanese food and goods, and Japan themed information stalls where you can learn about hidden gems of Japan and our partner institutions from Hokkaido to Okinawa, job opportunities by JET scheme. A leading Japanese sauce company, Nihon Shokken, is offering food tasting.
Japan Day keeps on evolving and growing year by year. To mark the 10th event, Japan DayS @UCLan is happening over two days.
Friday 23 February: Corporate Day - find out more about this event here.
Saturday 24 February: Cultural Day - This event is free and open to all, including members of public from all age groups. It is suitable for families with children.