Retford will celebrate Japanese anime and culture at the first-ever Japan Fest next month

Otaku World Ltd will host their first ever Japan Fest at Retford Town Hall, The Square on Sunday 21st August from 11am-5pm.

The event will see a range of activities, including a beginner manga workshop for aspiring artists with published author Chie Kutusuwada, as well as a manga seminar for those interested in Japanese-style drawing.

A wide array of hand-picked booths that embrace Japanese culture will be in the lobby, along with a Japanese language workshop for beginners, tea ceremonies, Japanese arts and crafts, and origami.

Otaku World Ltd is holding its first Japan Fest in Retford in August. Pictured are visitors to the organization’s sister event called ‘Otaku Link’.

Live music will also be on the program, including Aki Kitagawa playing the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument, and MION, a professional J-pop music artist.

MION has toured the world and won the number one hit “Summer Magic” on the Oricon Daily Charts, as well as several awards including YAMAHA’s Music Revolution competition.

Players can even participate in a Pokémon Switch and Yu Gi Oh tournament.

Manuele Giacone, event organiser, said: “This event is meticulously designed by people who are passionate and driven to bring a little taste of Japan to Retford.

“Our hope is that we can one, meet the needs of the Japanese community and two, create an environment where the average person, regardless of age, can enjoy a day immersed in a culture with which it would otherwise be nearly impossible. to engage.”

Tickets will be priced at £6.50 when purchased online or £7 at the door. Children under five will be free.

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