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The Japanese Embassy in Vienna invites to the Japanese Summer Festival – Vindobona.org

Like every year, the Japanese Embassy in Vienna and the Japanese Society in Austria are organizing the Japanese Summer Festival this summer. / Photo: © Embassy of Japan in Austria

Like every year, the Japanese Embassy in Vienna and the Japanese Society in Austria are organizing the Japanese Summer Festival this summer. The festivities, scheduled for August 27 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at the Japanese International School in Vienna.

This year’s summer festival program includes musical performances with shamisen and drums, as well as dance and karate demonstrations. The shamisen is a three-stringed Japanese instrument with a long, narrow neck and a relatively small body.

Visitors will have the opportunity to fold origami, try their hand at calligraphy, learn the basics of Go, a Japanese board game. Visitors are also invited to participate in a tea ceremony, make crafts and try out various Japanese games.

As befits a “Natsumatsuri”, Japanese food and drink will also be offered. The event will take place outdoors and is free. In case of bad weather, the festival will take place in the school building. The 2G rule applies during the event and wearing an FFP-2 mask indoors is recommended.

Program:

12:00 Opening
12:20 p.m. Soranbushi dance, students from the Japanese international school
12:35 Shamisen with Hibiki Ichikawa and Luke Burns
(Break from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.)
14:20 Karate demonstration with Nobuyuki Nukina & Ikueikan Dojo
14:50 Shamisen with Hibiki Ichikawa and Luke Burns
3:30 pm Bon Odori to dance
12:30 Origami & Calligraphy & Go workshop, Japanese games, Tea ceremony, Kite making
12:30 Japanese food and drinks

The tradition of Japanese summer festivals

Japan is famous for its many summer festivals. Bright colors, large floats or flower arrangements are typical of many of the so-called Matsuri (English festivals), which belong to the Japanese summer like the German Christmas market until December. Especially many festivals are celebrated after the end of the rainy season in Japan.

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