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    The Japan Habba promises an uplifting cultural exchange

    The tenth edition of the annual Japan Habba brings to the city a wide range of cultural practices and novelties this Sunday. With two new art forms in the offing as well as a wide range of workshops and demonstrations, the event aims to increase cross-cultural awareness.

    New arts
    “Japan Habba has been conducted in Bangalore from 2005, and every year it gives the Organizing Committee great pleasure to introduce new facets of Japanese culture to the Indian audience,” shares A Shrividya, chairperson of the Organising Committee. The new facets she refers to are the Daruma doll — a traditional Japanese papier mache doll that is weighed down at the bottom so as to keep it from tilting over, and a special performance of Taiko. While the former is the event’s mascot, symbolising the overriding theme — to never give up on one’s dreams, Taiko is the highlight of the Habba this year. Literally meaning “fat drum”, it is an ancient Japanese percussion style that uses drums of varying sizes. It involves a dynamic playing rhythm that incorporates fast-paced choreography and even elements of martial arts.

    Old favourites
    Other events of the Habba include staging of select Japanese short plays, demonstration of martial art forms like Judo, Kendo and Aikido, performance of Japanese songs and Bollywood dance numbers by Japanese women and children from the city.  Also look out for the Japanese tea ceremony event, kimono-wearing sessions, demonstrations of origami, kirigami, calligraphy and ikebana, anime with cosplay and a wide variety of food stalls.

    Entry free. 10 am to 5.30 pm. At Mount Carmel Girls College, Palace Road.

    Susanna Chandy

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