The 400 year strong relationship between Japan and England was the focus of this 6 month project which culminated in performances at the International Japan 400 Festival. 60 young people participated in a series of fascinating workshops from Manga to Kendo, Sushi to Haiku, Puppetry to Street Dance. Performances were inspired by Kamishibai storytelling techniques and took place in 3 outdoor spaces during the summer months for young family audiences who enjoyed the Japanese Village at the end of the performances where Kimono costumes, Manga, Sushi and Kendo were all available to try out.
Funded by the National Lottery and the Sasakawa Foundation, this project strived towards the ethos of the Japan-Cornwall Society ‘enhancing relationships, goodwill, cooperation and mutual understanding.’ In addition, over 50% of the project participants passed their Arts Award qualification. An amazing project and a huge success!