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Japanese Cultural Festival in Kuching, Sarawak

Pustaka Negeri Sarawak is located in the suburb of Kuching city. It’s surrounded by a beautiful park and the facility there is amazing. Besides the main library facility, they have an auditorium, a seminar room, children’s section with lots of activities and a very big Gallery which is even used for wedding receptions nowadays. The lake view from the caf_ is also very relaxing, and a lot of couples are taking their wedding photos there.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation form Traditional Japanese Kilns,” one of the Japan Foundation’s touring exhibition, we organized Japanese Cultural Festival at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak on 20th & 21st February.

The exhibition was officially launched on the first day by YB Puan Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, State Legislative Assembly’s representative for the Semariang area.

At around the same time, there was a screening of “Water Boys” at the auditorium. Even though the capacity of the auditorium was over 200, it was packed with a lot of secondary school students and adults, and they seemed to be enjoying the film very much.

More events were organized on the second day. It started with “Origami Session” for primary school students followed by “Japanese Traditional Toy Demonstration”. The toys introduced to the children were Koma (tops), Kendama, and Daruma Otoshi, and our great players/demonstrators headed by Mr Shimoyama, our director, demonstrated how to play with the toys with their great skills. We also had Yukata Demonstration and some volunteers tried wearing yukata and took photos. Those programmes were held both in the morning and the afternoon. Another highlight of the day was, of course, the screening of “Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur 2006”. A lot of primary school students gathered for the screening, and they laughed, surprised and cried together with Doraemon, Nobita and their friends.

It was indeed a great trip for us, the Japan Foundation staff, to get to meet people in Kuching and the surrounding area and introduce them Japanese Culture. Are you interested in joining this kind of events in your town? Call us, and we’ll be there soon!

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