Japan Booth at the 7th Nairobi International Cultural Festival

On Saturday, June 08, 2019, the Japan Information & Cultural Centre participated in the 7th Nairobi International Cultural Festival. The Nairobi International Cultural Festival is an annual event organised by the National Museums of Kenya. The festival is a day of cultural expressions aimed at providing a platform for all countries represented in Kenya to come together and present their diverse cultural heritage.

The Japan Booth celebrated a wide variety of Japanese cultural aspects such as orgirami, shodo, yukata wearing, flower arrangement and Japanese green tea tasting. Participants at the Japan Booth were able to get firsthand experience in these activities.
A participant learning to make an origami paper crane
Participants learning how to write “Japan” using the art of Japanese calligraphy (shodo)
A participant being assisted to put on the Japanese summer kimono (yukata)
A participant learning to make a flower arrangement using the Japanese art of ikebana

In addition to the experiential activities, the Japan Booth also featured an exciting display of the upcoming Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) and the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Ambassador Kaberia, Principal Secretary for Sports, visits the TICAD 7 stand at the Japan Booth
Staff from JICC prepare to receive visitors at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games stand

Apart from the activities in the Japan booth, there were two dance performances based on Japanese pop culture. A final dance featured staff from the Embassy of Japan and students from Vanessa Grants Girls Secondary School.
Students from Vanessa Grants Girls Secondary School are joined by an Embassy of Japan staff in performing the song “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”
Staff from JICC are joined by the audience in performing the “YMCA” dance

At the end of the day, everybody was tired, but happy