10th Japanese Cultural Festival Report
November 5, 2016
5th November 2016 10:30~16:30
The chief guest of the event was Mr. Nicholas Moipei, Chairperson of the Kenya Cultural Centre. The other guests were: Mr. Masanori Sakanashi, General Manager, East Africa Marubeni Corporation; Mr. Hirotsugu Hirata, the Nairobi Japanese School Principle and Mr. Katsuji Nakamura, Chairperson, Japanese Language Teachers Association in Kenya.
This year’s main event was the Japanese Music Festival, a Japanese chorus competition, which had participation from 7 groups. The groups that performed were: Kenyatta University A team singing Ringo no uta (Song of Apple); Moi Forces Secondary singing Sekai ni hitotudake no hana (Only one flower in the world); Utalli College singing Sukiyaki Song Ue o Muite Arukō (a Japanese-language song that was performed by Japanese Singer Kyu Sakamoto); State House Girls Secondary singing Mirai ni tsugu (Message to join together to the future);Kenyatta University C team singing Nawatobi (Jump rope); Kilimani Primary School singing Muramatsuri (Village Festival); Kenyatta University B team singing, Hana wa saku (Flowers bloom).
Nairobi Chamber Chorus also participated in the music festival as a special guest. The group entertained the audience with two songs: Malaika and a Japanese song called Akatombo.
The next session in the afternoon was the screening of an anime film ‘Children who chase lost voices,’ created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The same director created ‘Your Name’ (Kimi no na wa) one of the most hit anime films in Japan today. This marked the last event of the cultural festival.
Other concurrent events during the festival were origami, Japanese traditional games and a Japanese dolls exhibition, which ran all day. This year’s Japanese Cultural festival was attended by about 400 people.