Doki Doki Festival 2016 [entry-title permalink="0"]

On Saturday 12th of November, the Doki Doki festival was held in Manchester to celebrate Japanese culture.  JETAA NW had a table at the festival and had great fun talking to people about our experiences on JET and seeking out fellow alumni.  Indeed, we had some new ex-JETs sign up to the Alumni Association which was very pleasing.

As the name would suggest, there was something at the festival to make everyone feel a bit dokidoki!  We were treated to Taiko drumming, karate and other martial arts demonstrations, Japanese folk singing, stall upon stall of Japanese crafts, manga, and anime, talks on Japanese culture, a cosplay competition, a Japanese speech contest, and of course a variety of Japanese food.  For me, it was a koto performance that was really moving.  It is such a beautiful instrument and the pieces that were played blew me away.  It made me feel more than ever that I would love to learn to play the koto someday.

img_3523If Doki Doki sounds like the kind of event you think you would enjoy, please do get in touch as there is a lot going on in the North West that is connected to Japan.  JETAA NW also has much planned for the new year.  You're sure to have a great time if you join us!

Best wishes to all.

Corrina Ellis - North West Vice Chair.

Charlotte Griffiths

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