The Japan Festival is coming back to Lincoln for its fourth year, celebrating the British love of Japanese culture for eight days from February 11th-18th. Venues across the city will be hosting activities and events for otaku of all ages and interests, including film, theatre, live music, Nintendo gaming, sushi rolling, Japanese craft workshops and more.

The festival started out in 2012 as a humble one-day affair, bringing Japanese film to the historic city. This time, the anime movie giving a nod to the event’s beginnings will be Satoshi Kon’s luscious dreamscape Paprika. The screening will be the closing event on February 18th at 8:00pm, and tickets are now on sale.

For starters though, an all-day Nintendo Gaming Event will be held in the Drill Hall on February 11th. With free entry, players can challenge themselves and each other on many different games and consoles, at the same time celebrating Nintendo’s bright history as well as their recent technological advancements. If you’re the competitive type, for £3 you can enter a gaming tournament with a prize on offer for the day’s champion.


To experience the full eclecticism of Japan’s vibrant culture, Riuchi’s The Tale of the Ancient Lights (catch the trailer above) will entrance all with a story influenced by manga, traditional folklore and martial arts, performed by one man through 45 minutes of circus skills, magic and dance. And you can spend Valentine’s Day a little differently by learning the flower-arranging technique of Ikebana. For more details on all the festival’s goings-on, head to the official Japan Festival website where you’ll find a full programme, as well as all the booking details and other information you’ll need.



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