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Immerse yourself in the culture of the far east at the Japan Habba 

Here’s what you can do next weekend— partake in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, wear the traditional summer kimono, Yukata, and indulge in some delicious fare, all in the heart of Bengaluru. The Japan Habba 2017 ofers a small glimpse into the country and is open to anyone who has an interest in their ancient and fascinating culture. “This is the 8th edition of the Japan Habba,” says Yeshashree Prasanna, a software engineer and a volunteer at the Japan Habba Trust — the organisers.

“Although it has been extremely popular with Bengalureans, it also gives a chance to the Japanese nationals who live in the city, to show their kids their culture,” she adds. The Habba started 13 years ago in Bangalore University as an intra- department fest. But the professor at the time, Satoshi Hata, had the idea to make it bigger and open it to everyone.

This year, the keynote address at the inauguration ceremony on February 11 will be delivered by the Japan ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, from New Delhi. It will be accompanied by a Japanese taiko drum and shinobue bamboo flute performance by musicians Ryutaro Kaneko and Yasukazu Kano, respectively and a Japanese pop song by singer, Shiho Rainbow.

Various stalls will display the food, culture and handicrafts of the region. Even educational institutes such as the Japanese Language School will have representatives to meet guests and help them know more about the language. The theme of this year’s habba is the Maneki Neko (the beckoning cat) which is a symbol of good luck in Japanese culture, and they hope the Habba will bring luck to all the visitors.

Entry free. February 12. At the St. Joseph’s College Auditorium, Langford Road, 9am onwards. Details: facebook.com/JapanHabbaBangalore
— Anagha M

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