Festival brings Japanese Culture to Lincoln
A festival celebrating Japanese film, martial arts, music, food and drink came to Lincoln at the weekend.
Lincoln Festival of Japanese Culture, held in The Venue cinema at Bishop Grosseteste University College on January 27, showcased two Anime films, live traditional music and a martial arts demonstration featuring weapons and unarmed combat moves.
The event, produced by Lincoln-based Blueprint: Film Foundation, featured classic anime film Akira, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, Japanese film 'Pigs and Battleships,' and a talk from acclaimed cinema expert Jasper Sharp.
Martial arts group Bujinkan Lincoln Dojo also showcased Masaki Ryu, a form of traditional combat training only ten people in the world are licensed to use.
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Bujinkan Lincoln Dojo leader Paul Richardson, the only instructor outside of Japan qualified to use Masaki Ryu, led demonstrations featuring combat armour, chains and staffs.
Darren Bolton, one of the organisers from Blueprint: Film Foundation, said; "I started this celebration because I love event cinema, and it's important to experience and appreciate other people's cultures because it destroys ignorance."
"It's great that we can bring something to the community that they're not used to, and I love to run projects to bring different things to Lincoln."
Local Japanese artist Kauru Shimada held an exhibition of Japanese inspired art in The Terrace, Lincoln last week as a build up to the event.
Blueprint: Film Foundation are also planning to hold a bigger celebration of Japanese Culture next year, featuring food-making workshops and martial arts courses.
"I love Japan because there is a pull of the old and the new. It's a very traditional culture, but in the middle of that it's very modern with skyscrapers and the latest technology."
"I hope people will be inspired by Japanese culture for when we do this again next year."
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