The Japanese Embassy in China is hosting a culture exchange month throughout October.
Events began on October 13 with two days of performances by Yamato drummers at 9 Play House. On October 16 and 17, it organized a craftsmanship exhibition from Iwate-ken at the China Millennium Monument.
The embassy is hosting an animation exhibition and concert with Diana Garnet this Saturday.
Born and raised in Washington DC, Garnet’s personal interest in animation led her to study abroad in Japan at the age of 16 in 2005.
Today she lives in Tokyo and is a professional singer on the Sony Music Records label. In cooperation with Joe Inoue, Garnet released “Spinning World,” the theme song for Naruto Shippüden, in February.
Following Garnet’s concert, NHK Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Grand National Theater on October 31. The orchestra is based in Tokyo and performs at the NHK Hall, the Suntory Hall and the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
It began as the New Symphony Orchestra on October 5, 1926 and was the country’s first professional symphony orchestra. Later, it changed its name to Japan Symphony Orchestra. It took its current name after receiving financial support from NHK in 1951.
Saturday’s performance is the third time the orchestra will perform in China.
From November 2 to 6, the embassy will start a Japanese film week where it will screen two movies each day.
5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words directed by Makoto Shinkai will kick off the weeklong screening event.
Released in 2007, 5 Centimeters Per Second follows Japan from the 1990s up through then present day. The Garden of Words is a 2013 film adapted to manga by Midori Motohashi and later novelized by Shinkai.
Switching to a food theme, the embassy is screening Shiawasee no Pan, directed by Yukiko Mishima, and The Chef of South Polar, by Shuichi Okita, on November 3.
Other films include Quartet, Osaka Hamlet, Haru Tono Tabi and Kimi ni Todoke.