Japan to showcase its culture in India

New Delhi: Contemporary Japanese culture in the form of art, theatre, new technology and household design, film, food, books as also performance art is coming to India to mark 60 years of diplomatic ties between India and Japan.
The cultural jamboree "Passage to the next generation", to be held over the next three months, will celebrate the ties between the two countries with a special focus on youth.
"We hope this event will set a platform for new ideas on cultural exchanges and bring closer the younger generation to new future dialogues between India and Japan," Katsuma Doi, Director, Japan Foundation, which is hosting event, said today.
Japanese artist Yoko Ono, wife of late Beatles` star John Lennon, is bringing her art to India to be shown in multiple places in the city. The public art titled "Our Beautiful Daughters," will include a performance by the artist herself.

Designs for household items that were produced during the 1990s and roots of contemporary design from post-war Japan of the 1950s would be the focus of "Today 100" Japanese show. The exhibition already held in Mumbai and now travelling to Chennai will be on here from February 6-15. "Exhibitions on product designs are very rare in India. This is also an art form and we are trying to bring in product design shows here," said Yusuke Matsuoka, Director, Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japan Foundation.
The World Book Fair in February will host a Japanese component. "We have planned a Manga cafe which will display translated versions of comic books from Japan. The cafes are quite popular in Japan," said Matsuoka.
The National School of Drama`s upcoming theatre festival, will host two performances with Japanese influences. A collaborative performance by an Indian and a Japanese artist based on a short story that inspired Akira Kurosawa to make his famous film "Rashomon" will be held on January 23.
Playwright Shogo Ohta`s "The WaterStation" with all Indian cast would also be staged. March, will see artists paying homage to victims of the tsunami that had struck Japan last year. "March marks a significant month of remembrance. There will be fireworks by `Light up Nippon`, campaign organised by young volunteers in
Japan and India", said Matsuoka.
An exhibition involving Japanese and Indian artists "A Journey to the West" will be held at the Lalit Kala Akademi from January 22 to February 19.
"The show is an omnilogue with curators from different countries in South East Asia. It is based on older journeys and friendships. One premise of the exhibition is friendship between Tagore and Okakura and it also revisits a Chinese classic text," said curator Nivedita Magar.
Rabindranath Tagore shared a special relationship with Japan`s intellectual Okakura Tenshin even though they met perhaps only once in their lifetime. "The relationship between Tagore and Okakura are well known. Hope the new energy of the India-Japan festival creates new Tagores and new Okakoras in today`s generation," said Doi.
A song composed with students studying Japanese in Delhi schools, sung in Hindi, Japanese and English supported by traditional musical instruments from India and Japan will be played as backat the venues of the festival.

"Cinedarbar", a unique cinetheque, will screen films and offer platform for film curating for young professionals in the country. The experimental art space would open here with the film "Tokyo is Dreaming" on January 18. A new wave retrospective of films by Yasuzo Masumura as well as films by women directors from Japan will be screened here with workshops and discussions.
Animation, origami and kite flying workshops, a photo  exhibition are the other highlights of the Japanese showcase.