Series Of Arts And Culture Climax Japan Week Celebrations In Ghana

Japan Week 2014 has come to a close with a lot of memorable moments of activities from 7th to 9th November. It was a weekend of festivals; Japan Film Festival, Ghana Yosakoi Japan Festival, and Japan Sports Festival. The weekend brought together the Japanese community in Ghana and a lot of Ghanaians who love Japanese culture or curious about it.

Japan Film Festival which happened last Friday presented two beautiful Japanese movies at the Silverbird Cinema, Accra; an animation and a comedy drama. It was clear the movie audience were excited, they seemed to have really enjoyed the movies and kept talking about them when the movies ended.

The Saturday, 8th November was all fun at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, East Legon at the Ghana Yosakoi Japan Festival. Various schools and groups did the Yosakoi dance with their own style of dance, namely; St Peter’s SHS, Nkwatia-Kwahu, St Rose’s SHS, Akwatia, St Francis SHS, Akim Oda, St Martin’s SHS, Adoagyiri-Nsawam, Krobo Girls SHS, Krobo-Odumasi. The others are St Paul’s SHS, Kwahu Asakraka,Mary Star of the Sea School, Kasoa, Care Guide Montessori, Gbawe, Accra, Akwaba Kindergarten Kids and Japan School students.

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) band performed Japan rock music. A Ghanaian lady who sings Japanese songs, Stephanie thrilled the crowd with Enka song (a Japanese song). The Ghana Judo Association and the Ghana Karate-Do Association performed judo and karate demonstration. There was Japanese food like Yaki-soba, sushi and many more.

There were other activities like Tea Ceremony Demonstration, Kimono Fitting Demonstration, Origami (Paper art) lessons. There was also the kids corner which had putter golf, face painting and kids play. Mary Star of the Sea International School came up tops in the dance.

The Japan Sports Festival started on 8th November and ended on the Sunday, 9th November. The 2nd Japanese Ambassador Karate Championship which started on 8th November had the final bouts on the 9th November. Medals were presented to winners in both Kata (style) and Kumite (combat). The 16th Japanese Ambassador Judo Championship was on 9th November.

Medals and certificates were also presented to winners of the Judo Championship. It was a place to be at the Accra Sports Stadium where these martial artists stretched themselves to their limits to win every combat. The spectators enjoyed every bit of combats as they cheered competitors.

This year’s Japan Week was exciting, so much to talk about, and so much to remember, for years to come.

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