HAVANA, Nov 3rd. The Japanese Culture Day in Havana begins today with the opening of the photographic exhibition “Elegy of Japan” at the Marqués de Arcos Palace in the Historic Center.The event will take place from November 2 to 11 with a varied program, including this day’s exhibition at 3:00 p.m. local time, which consists of a series of images selected by the Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII).
With this set, lens artist Haruo Toyama takes the public closer to the evolution that the Japanese achieved with their way of life and traditions over time.
A conference by Yves Schlirf is scheduled for November 7 at 4:00 p.m. local time at the Wallonia Showcase, also in the old part of the city, will address the presence of manga in the Franco-Belgian market of comics, in particular, the experience of Kana, a publishing house founded by him in the mid-90s.
The National Museum of Fine Arts will be the headquarters of the actions that will take place on the 8th of the new month, that day at 3:00 p.m. local time, in the Hemicycle of the Universal Art Building, the ambassador of the Japanese nation in Cuba, Hirata Kenji will give a lecture on traditional Japanese painting.
At 4:00 p.m. local time on the same day, in the Transitional Room of the gallery itself, the ukiyo-e exhibition “Fifty-Three Stations of Tōkaido” will open.
The following day, the Wallonia Showcase hosts another exhibition, from 4-KOMA, the name given to four-vignette mangas.
An edition of “Momotaro” will also be presented, one of the most popular stories in the Japanese oral tradition, and there will be a demonstration of kamishibai, an ancient way of telling stories in which paper illustrations and texts are combined.
On November 10 at the Quinta de los Molinos another conference will be held by the Japanese diplomat about the characteristics of the Japanese garden and afterward, a bonsai exhibition from the Bonsai Habana collective will be inaugurated.
We return to the Wallonia Showcase where the closing of the Japanese Culture Day will take place on the 11th with a concert of anime songs, an exhibition of martial arts with various styles of karate, the award ceremony of the 4-koma contest organized by that institution together with the Embassy of Japan and the cosplay contest, in which participants dress up as characters from comics, video games and manga.
The Japanese Culture Day in Havana is dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the migrations from the so-called Country of the Rising Sun to Cuba.