Blaauwklippen to celebrate Japanese Culture

Blaauwklippen to celebrate Japanese Culture

As part of its Japan Cultural Week program running from March 2 to 12, the Japanese Consulate will host the 5th Annual Japan Day on March 12 at Blaauwklippen Family Market (11am to 4pm).

The festival will showcase various “exciting, exotic and fun” aspects of Japan and Japanese culture. The performances on the day will include martial arts demonstrations: Aikido, Karate, Kendo, Kenjutsu (Japanese sword demonstration); Japanese Taiko drumming; Shakuhachi (Japanese flute); a Cosplay show; and Japanese food demonstrations by a Japanese restaurant owner/chef who will teach the audience how to cook Japanese dishes at home. The exhibitions will include Bonsai, Koi fish as well as Ikebana and Sumi-e (Drawings by Japanese brushstroke).

The audience will also have a chance to participate and try Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), Origami, Go (Japanese chess), trying on Kimono and many more. There promises to be “something for everyone” in the family, young and old, covering an array of interests.

The festival is a free event, which will take place at the Blaauwklippen Family Market, therefore you will get the usual Sunday market experience plus an opportunity for Japanese cultural indulgence. Detailed event information and updates can be found on the Facebook Page:

Japan Culture Week events schedule:

  • March 2 to 5: Shuzo Shiota (Japanese animator, producer, and the CEO of Polygon Pictures at the Cape Town International Animation Festival)
  • March 9: Motoki Hirai (Japanese Composer and Pianist – Free Performance at Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow)

March 12: Japan Day 2017 at Blaauwklippen Family Market

* For more information about the respective events, contact Wyomia Mouwers at the Office of Consul of Japan, by e-mail:

Blaauwklippen Family Market is situated on R44, Strand Rd, Stellenbosch.