Ultra Japan!

chopsticks and sushi

Don’t miss out on this magical trip to the Far East…

If you fancy getting away from it all this month, then book yourself a one-way ticket to Japan. Well, not literally – it’s pretty pricey – but head on over to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to immerse yourself in J-culture for one night only.

Running from 7.00pm–10.00pm, this quirky and eccentric evening promises to transport you across the world to celebrate traditional and contemporary Japan. Music will be supplied by Japanese DJ Suzuki – known as one of the most famous DJs in the Japanese trance music scene, you can usually find him at international festivals, but he’s coming to Bristol to play an eclectic set covering city pop from ’80s Japan through to modern hip-hop, rock and J-pop.

For those looking to get creative, try your hand at learning to draw traditional manga, with professional Royal College of Art Graduate Chie Kutsuwada, or use your hands to create origami or mask-making.

Thinking of changing your style? There will be a selection of beautiful kimonos on hand for you to try.

As well as this, there will be anime-inspired costumes supplied by TV and film costume designer Pam Tait.

There will be three very special performances on the night to enjoy – Bristol Taiko, a drumming performance, Bristol Kendo Club, a traditional martial arts show, and Bristol North Aikido Dojo, a modern martial arts show. To really blend the old with new, there will also be an authentic tea ceremony. However, the café and bar will also be open all night for those who are also feeling a little peckish.

This event runs alongside the accompanying exhibition Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City – which is on show at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery until 12 May. This selection of stunning prints explores the urban culture of the country  in the 18th and 19th centuries, uncovering fashion, day trips and geisha and kabuki theatre.

So, if you’re after something a little different, then make sure you don’t miss out on this special after-hours evening at one of Bristol’s best venues!

When: 4 April

Where: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Website: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

Image credit: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

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