Finally! The event of the year !
The University of Iceland Japan Festival will be held on Saturday 28th of January 2017 at Háskólatorg, University of Iceland. And its FREE!
This year the focus will be on the traditional arts and culture with Ikebana, Japanese traditional flower arrangement, being highlighted. Masters of the art have been specifically invited to the country to display and to introduce the depth yet the simplicity behind this age old Japanese traditional art.
Guests are also invited to experience Japanese culture through various presentations carefully prepared by both students and teachers. They can learn the basics of the Japanese language as well as learn to write their names in Japanese letters through a demonstration as well as at the calligraphy booth
There is a slight change from previous years as the NNC Nordic cosplay competition has unfortunately outgrown the festival, however even though we no longer host the competition as always we encourage everyone to show up in costume!! The more colourful the merrier!
There will also be a event whereupon the those in cosplay will be celebrated.
The main stage will play host to various martial art demonstrations, Japanese pop dancing, music, while Litla Torg will be devoted to arts, crafts and games. There guest can try their hand at folding origami, drawing manga and playing with traditional Japanese toys. This is also where guests can taste the various teas of Japan and sit down. Downstairs there will be a computer gaming room as well as an introduction to the various table top games from East Asia. Thus plenty for the kids (of all ages) to experience and try out.
This years marks the thirteenth time the Japan Festival is held by the department of Japanese language and Culture at the University of Iceland. The event is jointly organized by the Embassy of Japan and the Japanese Language and Culture Course of the School of Humanities at the University of Iceland.
The enthusiastic 60 students at the Japanese Language and Culture Course have put all their effort together and will present various themes of Japanese culture in a unique and creative way. One of the distinctive features of this festival is that many of the exhibitions are “hand-made” by the students, who have been planning, preparing, and working day and night in preparation.
The Japanese embassy in Iceland has very generously organized the ikebana lecture and demonstration, ikebana flower arrangement course as well as a sushi making demonstration.
General information about the Japanese studies course and the various scholarships and exchange programs to Japanese Universities will be available during the festival, as well as information on the Iceland-Japan Society and the Japan Alumni Association of Iceland.
Admission to the Festival is free and open to the general public. The Festival will begin at 13:00 and will be open until 17:00.