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.
If 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.