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LOOK: List of Events for the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Month this July

We sure are excited!

Our friends from the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japan Foundation in Manila, in cooperation with various partner organizations are ready for the fun-filled cultural events to celebrate the longstanding warm friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and Japan.

Here are the list of events lined up:

1. The Japanese Film Festival: EIGASAI

Fifteen full-feature films of diverse genres will be shown in 5 different locations nationwide!

Here are the screening schedules:

  • July 4 to 8 | Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2, Makati City

  • July 4 to 6 | Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

  • August 4 and 17 | CCP Complex, Pasay City

  • August 5 | Cinematheque Center Manila

  • August 15 to 18 | UP Film Center – Cine Adarna, UP Diliman, Quezon City

  • July 12 to 15 | SM City Davao Cinema, Davao City

  • July 27 to 29 | SM City Naga Cinema, Naga City

  • August 9 to 12 | SM City Bacolod Cinema, Bacolod City

  • August 23 to 26 | Ayala Center Cebu Cinema, Cebu City

Admission is free except EIGASAI held at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 which will be PHP100 per screening and ticket is available online: or at the cinema ticket booth starting June 27.

2. Literature Talks by Yoko Tawada

Yoko Tawada is an award-winning Japanese writer who writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several novels, poems, plays, and essays, such as "The Bridegroom Was a Dog," "Memoirs of a Polar Bear," and "The Naked Eye." She has received numerous awards including the Akutagawa Prize, Kleist Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

Admission is free.

Schedule: July 9 | 2:30PM - 4:30PM | 20th Floor Multi-purpose Room, De La Salle University (Taft Avenue)

3. The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan's Martial Arts Exhibition

This traveling exhibition presents a brief history of Japanese martial arts – from battlefield combat techniques (Bujutsu) to popular sports or physical exercise tempering body and spirit (Budo), through originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, etc. as well as through materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendô, Judô and Sumô, among others. The exhibition will also feature free demonstrations and workshops on Martial Arts such as Karate, Judo, and Kendo.

Admission is free.

Schedule: July to September (exact duration to be announced) | The National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila

4. Travel Madness Expo 2018: "Visit Japan”

Photo taken from Pinterest

The Japan National Tourism Organization will exhibit the "Visit Japan” Booth to introduce many attractions of Japan, especially for Autumn and Winter seasons. The Expo will also feature many travel agencies and airline companies offering good travel deals to Japan.

Participants can experience Japanese cultural activities, such as Origami (paper folding) and Shodo (calligraphy) at the Booth. General Admission is Php70.00. For senior, PWD, and students, it is Php50.00.

Schedule: July 5 to 8 | SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

5. Baguio Tanabata Festival 2018

Japanese Association in Northern Luzon(JANL) and Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon(Abong) organize a series of events in Baguio, such as Philippines-Japan Friendship Day ceremony and Cultural show, Japanese film screenings, Kumamoto tourism poster exhibition, Tanabata (Japanese star festival) decoration workshop, and shamisen (three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument) performance.

Admission is free.

Schedule: July 7 to September 16 | Baguio

The Philippines-Japan Friendship Month is celebrated in the month of July to commemorate the designation of July 23 as the Philippines-Japan Friendship Day in celebration of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

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