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JAPANESE WHISKEY TASTER 2018

 

The SunnyCon Anime Expo Japanese Whiskey Taster returns for 2018.

 

In this panel, you will get to sample a selection of Japanese Whiskeys and for 2018 we're adding a twist. This time around we will be looking at Japanese whiskey cocktails with a selection of some of the most bizarre and refreshing concoctions from the land of the rising sun.

 

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EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC OF JAPAN

 

The koto is a thirteen-stringed zither with a harp-like sound. It has been played in Japan for around 1000 years, in court orchestras and as a solo instrument. The shamisen is a three-stringed fret-less banjo like instrument, commonly used in folk music. Both are played in this performance by Michael Graham who moved to Japan in 2000 where he started to learn traditional Japanese music and since returning to the UK in 2009 and has continued to practice, perform, write and teach the music of both instruments, playing at several world music events in the North of England. As well as hearing traditional and original pieces, an explanation of the instruments and a little of their history will be discussed, with a chance afterward to see the instruments close up and ask any questions.

 

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TAIKO DRUMMING SHOW

 

Taiko have been an important part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years.  Its origins lie in the many temples and shrines throughout Japan where they are played during ceremonies and festivals. Throughout history Taiko drums have also been used in kabuki and noh theatre, dance and music.  It is only since the 1950s that Taiko has become a performing art in itself known as 'kumi daiko', and spread throughout the world with the help of professional touring groups like Ondekoza and Kodo. Come and see a show for yourselfs with the fantastic Kaminari UK Taiko Drummers group.

 

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TAIKO WORKSHOP

 

Japan currently has between 10,000 - 15,000 Taiko groups playing many different styles. Taiko is now gaining popularity in the UK, with groups emerging nationwide and wowing audiences with this dynamic performing art. Kaminari UK was founded in York back in 2008 and have continued to grow since, come and take part in there amazing workshop where you can try taiko drumming for yourself!

 

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NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE TASTER

 

The folks from Newcastle University return to give attendees the chance to sample what it's like to learn Japanese.

 

This panel will be educational as the team once again introduce you into learning the Japanese language with the basics. As well as educational they also have details for anyone looking to take up learning the language.

 

The Japanese taster session is run in collaboration with the  School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University and supported by the Japan Foundation Sakura network

 

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