Experience traditional Japanese culture with food, art and music at the “Kyoto Nippon Festival”

28.September.2017 | SPOT

The Kyoto Nippon Festival (KNF) will be held at Kitano Tenmangū, Shinto shrine in Kyoto and one of many that that was built to dedicate to the scholar Suguwara no Michizane. It will be held from October 21st to November 3rd.

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KNF is a hub for traditional Japanese culture. Held in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – Kyoto – the event brings to the fold the elements that make up Japan’s charming culture including art, food, music and more.

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This year’s main projects are “Kami no Manimani” by contemporary artist Chihiro Nagashima’s and “Marika Itō no Nounai Hakurankai” by Marika Itō from idol group Nogizaka46. Nagashima’s project will create a fantasy world associated with events surrounding the venue, Kitano Tenmangū. Enjoy Chihiro Nagashima’s first Kyoto exhibition in 7 years, a unique collaboration between contemporary art and the gods.

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“Marika Itō no Nounai Hakurankai” will be a display of everything Marika Itō loves as she gazes the world from her individual perspective, not stopping at fashion, art and culture, but minerals and moss too, as well as all the things she wants to do. (This is the first time for it to be held outside of Tokyo).

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As well as art exhibitions, KNF will host a variety of other exciting ways for people to experience traditional Japanese culture too. There will be food produced by Kunio Tokuoka, the Executive Chef of Kitcho, “ikebana” flower arrangement workshops run by Chief Administrative Officer Ikebono, and more.

 

Experience the world of Kyoto at the “Kyoto Nippon Festival.”

 

■Information

Kyoto Nippon Festival

Location: Kitano Tenmangū (Bakurocho, Kamigyo, Kyoto)

Running: October 21, 2017 to December 3, 2017

*Art Exhibitions – 9:00-20:00 (last entry 19:30

*Kitano Tenmangū Momiji-En – October 28th-December 3rd

*Food and stage timetable to be announced soon

 

Advance Tickets: KNF Special Ticket – ¥1,400 (tax incl.) / Elementary School Children and under – ¥700 (tax incl.)

*Fee for those aged 3 and above

*Ticket includes  entry to Chihiro Nagashima’s “Kami no Manimani” + Marika Itō’s “Marika Itō no Nounai Hakurankai” + “Momiji-En”

Same-Day Tickets: KNF Special Ticket – ¥1,600 (tax incl.) / Elementary School Children and under – ¥800 (tax incl.)

*Fee for those aged 3 and above

*Ticket includes  entry to Chihiro Nagashima’s “Kami no Manimani” + Marika Itō’s “Marika Itō no Nounai Hakurankai” + “Momiji-En”

 

※Same-day tickets available for purchase via Lawson Ticket and at Kitano Tenmangū.

※Tickets for “Kami no Manimani” and “Marika Itō no Nounai Hakurankai” not sold separately.

※Advance entry tickets for just the “Momiji-En” not available.

※”Momiji-En” Only Tickets (includes tea cakes): Adults – ¥700 (tax incl.) / Children – ¥350 (tax incl.) ~ Available at Kitano Tenmangū.

※Advance sales for the KNF Special Tickets available via Lawson Ticket until October 20th.

 

Workshops:

“Ikebana Workshop – Experience Kyoto in Autumn” – ¥2,000 (tax incl.) (Japanese: 京都の秋を堪能するいけばなワークショップ)

“Enjoy the Scent of Aromatic Trees” – ¥4,000 (tax incl.) (Japanese: 香木の香りを楽しむ会)

“Kanji Experience Workshop” – ¥1,000 (tax incl.) (Japanese: 漢字体験ワークショップ)

 

All ticket types available via Lawson Ticket from Friday September 22nd (http://l-tike.com/knf2017/ ).

 

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