The Japan Festival – India 2017 begins at Delhi

The year 2017 is special for Indo – Japanese Cultural Exchange. During a meeting of the respective Prime Ministers in Japan in November 2016, a mutual agreement was made to mark 2017 as a year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Cultural Agreement between the two countries signed in 1957.  Japan foundation, in collaboration with the embassy of Japan, has scheduled a series of cultural events as part of ‘Japan Festival’ in India.

The Japan Festival – India began this week at Delhi with Makoto Kuriya’s Creative Jazz Ensemble. This was followed by a Japanese traditional music concert by Wasabi, a group renowned for making traditional Japanese instruments appealing to young people in Japan. As part of the Japan Festival, dance, film, and music programmes are being organised by the Japan Foundation and will be held from October till December 2017 across multiple venues in Delhi.

The Japan Festival Brochure


A Still from ‘Red Beard’

Film Screening: The first film being screened at the Japan festival, ‘Her Mother‘, directed by Yoshinori Sato, was also selected for screening at the Dharamshala Film Festival 2017. The director will be present for an interaction after the film screening. ‘Her Mother‘ will be screened at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on 31st October.

As part of Akira Kurosawa Retrospective (2-5 Nov), four of Akira Kurosawa’s films will be screened at 6.30 pm, Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. The classics chosen for the screening are Seven Samurai (1954), Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961), and Red Beard (1965).


Schedule – Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival will be held from 10-15 Nov, 2017 at PVR Sangam, RK Puram. Fifteen latest releases from Japan across the genres of drama, romance, horror, and anime will be screened as part of this festival.


The Japan Festival will end in December with a collaborative performance by Goyokai, a traditional Japanese dance, with Kathak accompanied by Indian classical music. Goyokai comprises of five highly celebrated Japanese traditional dancers. Each dancer originates from different schools and family lineages of the Japanese traditional dance, Nihon Buyou..

Fusion of Kathak, an Indian classical dance form with traditional Japanese dance


Festival Schedule

  • 27 Oct: FESTIVAL OPENING, 7.00 pm
  • 28 Oct : MAKOTO KURIYA – Creative Jazz Ensemble Japan, 7.00 pm
  • 29 Oct : WASABI – A Japanese Traditional Music Concert, 7.00 pm
  • 31 Oct : HER MOTHER-  Film screening and interaction with Director Yoshinori Sato, 7.00 pm
  • 2-5 Nov: AKIRA KUROSAWA Retrospective, daily at 6.30 pm
  • 10-15 Nov: Japanese Film Festival
  • 8 Dec: GOYOKAI – Traditional Japanese Dance with Kathak and Indian Classical Music, 7.00 pm

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