JFM: A Cultural Celebration of Friendship

Reposted from the official Facebook page of Japan Foundation Manila:

Japan extends its hand of friendship through a cultural celebration as the Japan Foundation Manila and the Embassy of Japan present Philippine-Japan Friendship Month (PJFM) 2013 this July. The annual festival features the colorful facets of Japanese culture to promote goodwill and mutual understanding through cultural exchange between Japan and the Philippines. Whether or not you know a lot about Japan, there will be movies, music, arts and even anime to get you acquainted and delighted with its rich culture this July.

Kicking off the festivities is Eiga Sai 2013. The annually awaited Japanese film festival begins on July 3 at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri-La Plaza Mall in EDSA, Mandaluyong City. Twelve films will be showcased—ranging from stellar dramas to exciting action adventure, animation to a documentary. It opens with About Her Brother (Ototo) by award-winning Japanese filmmaker Yoji Yamada. The films at the Shang Cineplex will run until July 14.  The festival will also be screened at Abreeza Ayala and FDCP Cinemateque in Davao City from July 19 to 28; at Ayala Center, Cebu from August 7 to 11; and at the University of the Philippines Film Institute from August 19 to 25.

There will also be an Anime Film Showing in SM Mall of Asia. It will feature the must-see 5 cm per Secondand The Place Promised in our Early Days by Makoto Shinkai, acclaimed anime filmmaker on July 20 and 21 at SM Cinema 6.

After the exciting mix of movies and anime, get a dose of jazz music for a Jazz Night with unit asia with guest artist Noel Cabangon. The collaborative jazz band will perform on July 9 at the Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan. Expect the acclaimed Asian musicians take their jazz originals with a fusion of rock and pop for what promises to be an unforgettable musical evening. Adding local flair to Jazz Night is hailed Platinum singer-songwriter Noel Cabangon.

From movie theaters to music halls, the PJFM festivities will also take you to a couple of museums for some thought-provoking art exhibits that can’t be missed. See captivating avant-garde paintings, prints and sculpture in Passion and Persistence: The World of Yayoi Kusama from the Collection of Lito and Kim Camacho on July 15 to September 1 at the Ayala Museum in Makati.  An art talk will also be held by Art Critic and Curator, Akira Tatehata will be held on August 10, 4:00 pm.

Likewise, reproduction prints from legendary ukiyo-e artists Sharaku, Hiroshige, Harunobu, Hokusai, Eisen, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shuman and Eishi make their way to our shores at Ukiyo-e Exhibit and Workshop on July 17 to August 4 at Museo Pambata, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. On August 3, join the workshop to learn more about this genre of Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) co-presented with the Philippine Association of Printmakers.

Finally, celebrate the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month with songs and spectacle in the J-Pop Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals and Cosplay Mini-Contest. On July 20 at SM Cinema Center Stage, SM Mall of Asia, amateur singers get to belt their favorite J-POP or anime songs in Japanese. To give them a boost is special guest Mr. Joe Inoue (Team J-Melo), co-host of NHK’s J-Melo and the singer behind Naruto’s opening theme “Closer”, who will perform during the event.

Admission is free for all PJFM activities. For details, visit www.jfmo.org.ph or www.facebook.com/jfmanilaor call 8116155 to 58.

The event is part of the celebration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The activities are sponsored by the Association of Nihongo Teachers – Northern Luzon, Abreeza Ayala, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Museum, ClickTheCity.com, Cravings, Consular Office of Japan in Cebu, Consular Office of Japan in Davao, C2 Classic Cuisine, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japanese Association Cebu, Inc., Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Inc., Lombardi’s, Museo Pambata, Net 25, Philippine Association of Printmakers, Radio High 105.9, Shangri-La Plaza, SPOT.PH, The Coffee Beanery,  The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Cebu, UP Film Institute, WAO Corporation, Wicked, and Yoshinoya.

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