Japan comes to town

Jan 15, 2014, 11:54 IST | The GUIDE Team

Mumbai will witness the third edition of the Japanese culture and cuisine event, The Cool Japan Festival, from January 17 to 19, that aims at bringing Japan closer to India

To popularise Japanese products, food and culture in India, The Cool Japan Festival returns with its third edition to the city with an array of activities, performances and products.

Japanese Pop band Prizzmy

“The two countries share so much in common, but there is so much unknown, that we (Indians) do not relate to Japan beyond cars or electronics. Through the Cool Japan Festival we want to change this image and create more awareness about the beautiful things Japan can offer,” says Anuj Jodhani, director, Maido Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, organiser of the event.

This season will see new cultural performances like Awaodori (traditional Japanese dance), J-Pop (Japanese Pop) and a small green
tea ceremony.

Members of the drum troupe Tenko

Visitors will also witness new booths, which will showcase and sell Japanese products like home
appliances, and energy drinks from Japan. One of the other new attractions this year will be fresh 'Udon Noodle' and 'Chicken Donburi' at the food counters.

From January 17 to 19, 12 pm to 10 pm
AT High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
Log on to www.cooljapanfestival.com

Chadha Sen will perform Enka

Must-attend events
>> The food counters – Sushi, fresh Udon Noodles, Chicken Yakitori, Chicken Donburi
>> Chadha San – The first non-Japanese Enka (traditional songs) singer.
>> Awaodori dances and Wadaiko drums — Traditional but energetic dance and drum performances
>> J-POP – Experience the music of Japanese Pop band Prizzmy
>> Japanese products ranging from healthy barley to energy drinks to rice cookers.

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