London — 06 March 2012
Get a taste of Japan this weekend at Bunkasai

Fresh on the heels of Hyper Japan, comes the smaller, but no less fascinating Bunkasai at the Park Crescent Conference Centre.

This is an event with a higher purpose. Bunkasai has been organised by charity Aid For Japan to coincide with the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck the country, and will raise funds for those children orphaned by the 2011 natural disaster.

Bunkasai, which means ‘cultural festival’ in Japanese, will give visitors the chance to experience both the traditional and contemporary sides of Japanese culture. Similar events are held at schools in Japan each year to allow prospective students to get a feel for a school.

The London variant will feature a range of spectacles including music, dance, a fashion show and martial arts demonstrations.

The market will focus very much on creative culture, with stalls selling popular arts and crafts including Manga, Anime, sweets and Hina Dolls.

Alternatively visitors can come away with their own pieces of intricate origami and calligraphy.

A one-minute silence will be observed at 14.46 to mark the exact moment the disaster struck.

Tickets to Bunkasai can be bought in advance online (£3.50) or on the door for a fiver. Children under the age of 11 get in free. Doors open at 09.30.

Bunkasai
Sunday March 11

Park Crescent Conference Centre
229 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5PN

Underground: Great Portland Street
Cost: £3.50 (advance), £5 on the door

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