“KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL” CONFIRMED FOR LAUNCH! A SEASONAL FESTIVAL SERIES FEATURING THE FUSION OF JAPAN’S TRADITIONAL CULTURE AND MUSIC With the Olympic and Paralympic Games being confirmed to be held in Tokyo in 2020, the world’s interests in Japan has been higher than ever these days. Taking this opportunity, we are setting the base in Kyoto, the capital of Japan’s traditional culture and the world-class tourist destination, and organize a series of intriguing events that provide the chances to deepen the understanding and interest in Japan by appealing to the world its prismatic magnetism such as music, art, cuisine, and a number of traditional culture, The first of the series, named “KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL – Autumn Leaves 2016“ has been confirmed to take place on December 3 and 4, 2016, at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, the origin and main shrine among the Tenmangu across the nation that enshrine Sugawara no Michizane as deity of academics, and Kamihichiken Kaburenjo, the icon of the Hanamachi culture that continues the heritage of glory in the neighborhood of the Shrine. The three stages will host the total of more than 15 artists from various musical fields. And the Food & Culture Court, produced by the renowned Kyoto Kitcho, features established restaurants that offer gastronomic experiences of cuisine culture through Kyoto’s local culinary gems. Furthermore, the designated patriarch of the Ikenobo School of ikebana (Japanese floral art) that marks its 555th anniversary in 2017, will grace the opening ceremony of the event; the Ikenobo instructors will host the ikebana workshop; and the prestigious Ritsumeikan University will hold a kanji workshop for foreign tourists. Through stage performances, workshops, and Food & Culture Court, the event will be the place for you to fully enjoy the wide variety of Japanese culture at the front of cultural properties. From Kyoto to the world and to the future… “KYOTO NIPPON FESTIVAL” will be a seasonal series with sequels being planned to be held at notable and historic sites and places that have deep ties with our traditional culture.

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