Japanese culture arrives to Malaga

For the 19th time, the Spain-Japan Forum arrives in Malaga from 18 to 20 October. As every year it brings us a wide program that brings Japanese culture to the people with the help of gastronomic, festive and cultural activities.

Activities in Malaga

If you like Japanese food, you can’t miss the fish and vegetable cutting techniques of the Japanese chef Kosei Takakura.

Fans of Japanese culture in Malaga can enjoy workshops about kimono, origami, ikebana, shodo and other cultural activities such as tea ceremony, a cosplay catwalk and various exhibitions.

Workshops in Malaga

Various workshops for any Japanese culture fan that will take place in the Okami restaurant between Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.

Japanese tea ceremony

Do you want to feel like you’re in Japan drinking tea without leaving Malaga? The Japanese tea ceremony, also called cha-no-yu or Chado, is the ritual way they have to prepare green tea in Japan for guests.

In this workshop, in addition to drinking Japanese style tea, you will learn how to do it correctly.

cha-no-yu-malaga

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October
  • Opening hours: Fridays from 19:30 to 20:30 and Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 13:00 to 14:00.

Origami Workshop

Learn the art of creating figures with paper without using scissors.

Origami appeared after the paper arrived in Japan. In its beginnings the paper figures were cut and painted, they formed part of the ceremonies of the nobility, later after becoming more accessible it was extended its use. Modern origami is made by folding paper only and the use of scissors, glue or colours is not allowed.

  • Admission: Free admission for people over 12 years of age.
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.
  • Opening hours: Fridays from 19:30 to 20:30 and Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 18:30 to 19:30.

Origami Museum

Collection of figures made on paper and free entry.

  • When: Tuesday 10 October to Thursday 2 November.
  • Location: Thermal (Map)

Ikebana Workshop

The Ikebana for those of you who do not know it is about the Japanese art of floral arrangement. In this workshop you will take a practical class.

The origin of Ikebana is found in the floral offerings that were made in Buddhist shrines. Over the centuries, contests were held and the first rules for the creation of floral arrangements appeared according to the event. It is a deep discipline with details that often pass unnoticed by the inexperienced eye.

Ikebana in Malaga

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.
  • Opening hours: Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 17:00 to 18:00 hours.

Kimono Workshop

Learn more about the traditional Japanese dress and how to wear it. You can try a kimono and take some pics.

The kimono is a typical Japanese dress that presents more than 10 varieties depending on the event to be attended, the age or the social status. Today they are still being used to attend formal events.

japanese-kimono

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October
  • Opening hours: Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 17:00 to 18:00

Shodo or Japanese calligraphy workshop

Learn to write your name in Japanese with the traditional Japanese calligraphy. This technique is very difficult to master and children are trained from an early age.

The origin of the shodo comes from Chinese calligraphy and is a very difficult art to learn. It requires great precision and each kanji character must be drawn following a particular stroke.

Shodo workshop in Malaga

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Saturday 21 October
  • Timetable: from 13:00 to 14:00 and from 18:30 to 19:30

Learn about Japanese culture in Malaga

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Japan with conferences, expositions and exhibitions among other activities.

Exhibition of bonsai and ceramics

Visit this free exhibition of ceramic and bonsai arts in Malaga.

This art of Chinese origin consists of cultivating trees and plants by reducing their size. The aim is to imitate a form that reminds us of a scene in nature.

Depending on the size of the bonsai and its shape, it can receive different names.

Bonsai

  • When: Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 October
  • Where: Hotel Vincci Posada del Patio (Map)

If you like and have been unable to visit this exhibition you can visit the Bonsai Museum in Marbella

Sumi-e painting exhibition

This typical Japanese painting is exhibited at Okami Restaurant.

Of Chinese origin it was introduced in Japan during the 14th century and its style is based on a single colour drawing in ink.

Sumi-e draw

When: Thursday 12 to Tuesday 24 October

Cosplay catwalk

This art of dressing up as favourite video game characters, anime or manga is very popular among young people.

The origins of this practice can be traced back to Japan in the 1970s before it  spreaded around the world. Today it is quite common to see so-called cosplayers in almost any celebration related to the thematic.

cosplay Málaga

  • When: Saturday 21 October
  • Timetable: 21:00 hours
  • Place: Okami Restaurant

Sampling Japanese food in Malaga

Typical Japanese dishes with wines and beers from Malaga.

  • Price: 15€ per person
  • When: Wednesday 18 October
  • Timetable: From 20:00 to 21:00 and from 21:30 to 22:30
  • Place: Okami Restaurant

Flavours of the land

Five tastings where you can enjoy the meeting of flavours between Malaga and Japan with sakes and handmade beers.

  • Price: 15€ per person
  • When: Thursday 19 October
  • Timetable: 20:00 to 21:00 and 21:30 to 22:30
Raúl G.T

Raúl G.T

Developer and content editor at Malagaweb.com
Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
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