Brighton Japan 2013!

Published On August 12, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

13th-22nd September 2013

Various venues across the City

Now in its fifth fantastic year, Brighton Japan Festival 2013 marks the return of the UK’s largest annual celebration of Japanese culture! The brainchild of Brighton’s premier Japanese restaurant, Moshimo, this ever-growing festival is set to have a record-breaking year. Quadrupling in size for 2013, the Brighton Japan Festival has announced its new home in the heart of Brighton’s bustling seaside scene: the Old Steine gardens. Over a week of events celebrating Japanese arts, film, theatre, performance and culture cementing Brighton Japan as the benchmark for Japanese festivals in the UK. Running alongside the London-centric Japan400 celebrations, which commemorate 400 years since the start of diplomatic, trading, scientific and cultural relations between Britain and Japan, Brighton Japan 2013 will be the year to enjoy one of Brighton’s most internationally recognisable, landmark events.


Calendar Of Events:


AuditionFriday 13th September


Takashi Miike
Ryû Murakami (novel), Daisuke Tengan(screenplay)
Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki

A lonely Japanese widower whose son is planning to move out of the house soon expresses his sadness to a friend and fellow film producer, who becomes inspired to hold an audition for a non-existent film so that the widower can select a new potential bride from the resulting audition pool. The widower ultimately becomes enamoured with and fascinated by one particular young woman…but first impressions can often be horribly wrong….

Audition was voted one of the 25 best horror films of all time by The Guardian.


TETSUO (1989)

A strange man called just as the ” Mental Fetishist” who seem to have an insane compulsion to stick crap metal into his body is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese “salaryman”, out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation.

Doors open at  7.00 pm


HarajukuSaturday 14th September


A weekend of  the vibrant and creative culture of Harajuku with a street style fashion show, stalls and traders, Cosparade competition, Cosplay ball, workshops and contemporary Japanese music.

To keep the party going till late in the evening come along to J NIGHT by JAPAN UNDERGROUND. All things great within the Japanese music market featuring, Esprit D’Air, Of Fire and Fate, The Asterplace and Colors.


Sunday 15th September


After the antics of the previous day and night and after everyone has recovered, Japan Festival  kicks off again at 11am with so much to do including POP Dance Groups, Manga Workshop, Cosparade Competition, Cosplay Creation Workshops, Special Effects Make up for Cosplay Workshop and Demonstrations.


Monday 16th September


A Supper Club evening with acclaimed concert pianist Aisa Ijiri, Sumiko Takei, one of Japan’s leading calligraphy artists, and Ts’ui, a collaboration of five artists from Japan, Brazil, Britain and Argentina. A rare Cherry Blossom Tea, specially brought over from Kyoto by Sumiko Takei for the evening will be served during the performance. The evening will comprise a three-course Supper Club menu by MOSHIMO.

7.00pm Doors open,


Tuesday  17th September


Designed for fun on the Old Steine activities include a high octane Dragon’s Den-style “Live Pitch” where games and tech developers get a chance to pitch for investment to some of the most famous names in the industry. Also the chance to rub shoulders with successful entrepreneurs and investors (including Ian Livingstone, Bill Liao, Fred Hasson and others) whilst enjoying the best party in town. There’ll be a great bar, great food, great company, and great entertainment featuring a Wii DJ set, moving images (care of Third Window Films), and retro-gaming (care of Marwood’s café).


With Bill Liao and Ian Livingstone.

Fred Hasson (Games Capital, ex Victoria Real Brighton) discusses the opportunities open to digital entrepreneurs to get investment for their ideas in games, Apps and technology in the fast developing world of the internet and digital technology – where is silicon Valley putting its money? and how do you get funding for creative content?


Bill will launch the Brighton branch of the global CoderDojo movement, which teaches kids to become “creators rather than users” of digital media, and above all to “be cool”.


Come and hear what today’s top digital investors are putting their money into, and see whether any developers can get them to part with their money at the dragon’s den style Live Pitch. Plus a discussion Panel with Ian Livingstone, Bill Liao and Fred Hasson.


With its eclectic mix of gaming, networking, and the whackiest entertainment Brighton has to offer, the playground party will offer retro-gaming, a superlative programme of digital-inspired entertainment, and great food a drink in equal measure.

4.00pm – 9.00pm


Wednesday 18th September


Taiko Meantime’s theatre performance uses traditional rhythms and Taiko styles to create original compositions which have attracted ecstatic reviews from audiences, from this year’s Glastonbury to the opening of the FA cup final a few years ago. Mark Alcock, leader of the group, promises a musical journey – a journey that demands the utmost levels of physicality and athleticism from his players.

Doors Open and Bento Boxes available from 7.00pm


Thursday 19th September


Japanese whisky is now considered some of the best on the planet, and this will be a chance to taste some of the country’s finest (and, it has to be said, most expensive) whilst being regaled by Dave Broom’s (Multi-award-winning whisky expert and editor in chief of Whisky Magazine Japan) irrepressible passion and legendary humor. If you think you don’t like whisky, it’s because you haven’t yet found the malt out there waiting to hit your taste buds.

Doors Open 7.00pm with a drinks reception and a meet and greet with Dave Broom.


Friday 20th September


Enjoy two Studio Ghibli films, ‘Ponyo’ and the Oscar-winning ‘Spirited Away’ in the wonderful ambience of the Old Steine Gardens. There won’t be chairs – just blankets and rugs to sit and lie on as you please. The films are great, but if seen whilst eating a Japanese bento made by Brighton’s own MOSHIMO restaurant, they come deliciously into their own.

Doors Open and Bento Box’s available from 4.00pm

Ponyo starts at 4.30pm followed by Spirited Away at 7.00pm


Saturday 21st September


Taiko drumming, Japanese rock bands, geisha and sumos on stilts, traditional Okinawan dancers, Shakuhachi and Shamisen players, Enka singers, face painters, kimono dressing workshops, origami classes, traditional Japanese children’s games and, of course, there’ll be the best Japanese street food and drink you could ever hope for.


Sunday 22nd September


It’s the last day of the festival and we plan to go out in style. Everything that was around the festival grounds yesterday will be here again today including our famous Martial Arts Spectacular and a few more surprises.

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