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Colourful kimonos start parading in the streets, among bright hues and the rustles of the silk; the air is filled with the intense smell of sake; teru teru botsu dance in the air, hung with their ribbons in children’s hands; the colourful paper of origami comes alive to tell us a new story.

The Japanese Culture Festival is coming to town!

kyudo-festival-japanese-cagliariThe biggest of its kind on the island, the festival’s fourth edition will be on September 29th and 30th, in the suggestive location of the Lazaret of S. Elia in Cagliari with many activities, workshops, conferences, exhibits, and stands celebrating eastern traditions.

The event, set up by the association Events Planning of Cagliari, will propose many limited activities, exclusively reserved for members of the association at the following prices:

€15 half day

€20 a full day or two half days

€30 two full days.

If you aren’t a member of the association yet, you can ask for your application via e-mail on and book the activities you’re most interested in by September 27th at 13:00.

Once enrolled, you will be able to enter the exhibit area too.

For those who aren’t interested in the limited enrollment activities, the admission to the exhibit area (with exhibits, stands, shows, etc.) will be available at €5 at the entrance.

4 to 9 year old children pay €5 for every workshop they attend. While the adults attend their own activities, children will be entertained with activities apt for them.

sake-festival-japanese-cagliariAmong the proposals of the Festival: activities focused on physical well-being will lead the visitors along a journey through Japanese medicine, like reiki and shiatsu, among exhibitions, mini-treatments, conferences and meditation sessions; masters will lead us along the rediscovery of the ancient arts of Kyudo, Tai Jutsu and Aiki Jo; and for those who want to be enchanted by tradition, suggestive exhibitions of ikebana and kimono dressing will be offered.

And then workshops, sushi and sake tastings, traditional games and many others activities for adults and children alike while discovering one of the most ancient and amazing cultures of the world.


The schedule of activities is as follows:



10.00-10.30 Opening of the Festival

10.40-12.00 Interview with Sachiko Yamaguchi and Zen and origami workshop by Monk Koudai Yuudo Davide Colombu

16.30-19.50 Japanese sword workshop

16.30-18.00 Conferences “Onna bugeisha among myth and reality: stories of women warriors” and “Short history of  the development of aiki in yoho philosophy from Edo jidai to Meiji jidai” by Dr. Susanna De Agostini and Dr. Sung Gyun Cho

16.30-18.00 Zen and origami workshop by Monk Koudai Yuudo Davide Colombu

18.40-20.00 Exhibition of kimono dressing by Sachiko Yamaguchi

Children :

10.00-13.00 Artistic-creative workshop: daruma, teru teru botsu, etc.

16.30-19.00 Kamishibai Workshop



9.30-13.00 Tai Jutsu and Aiki Jo Workshop

10.00-11.00 Conference “Washoku: food, an art to be tasted” by Antonella Fiori

11.40-12.40 Workshop “Italian enological tradition and Japanese food: Pauli’s meets Japan” with tasting of Pauli’s wine and sushi, by M. Santarelli and A. Pitzalis

16.30-17.30 Kyudo Workshop (Japanese archery)

16.30-17.30 Exhibitions of ikebana with Sachiko Yamaguchi

16.30-17.30 Workshop “The road of sake: an introductive course” with tasting of sake by sake sommelier Danilo Pia

17.40-18.40 Kyudo Workshop (Japanese archery)

18.50-19.50 Kyudo Workshop (Japanese archery)

18.00-20.00 Movie showing : In This Corner of the World

Children :

10.00-13.00 Artistic-creative workshop: daruma, teru teru botsu, etc.

From 16.30 Games from Japan: Fukuwarai e Wanage

So if you’re ready to direct your heart to the East? The Festival of Japanese Culture is waiting for you!

For more informations about the schedule and the costs of the event, follow their Facebook page Festival della Cultura Giapponese – 4° Edizione 



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