July 2018: Philippines-Japan Friendship Month’s calendar of activities

MANILA (June 26) – The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japan Foundation, Manila in cooperation with various partner organizations are co-presenting exciting cultural events to celebrate The Philippines-Japan Friendship Month!

The Japanese Film Festival EIGASAI
July 4 to August 26

EIGASAI’s 21st edition runs with fifteen full-feature films of diverse genres selected for more than 100 screenings across five major cities nationwide. This year’s film festival is set to be unique as it collaborates with other Japan Foundation projects, and bringing three special guests from Japan. Visit the official EIGASAI Facebook page (@eigasaiPH) for the film lineup and screening and talk schedules.

Silent Film Screening, with Filipino Benshi and Musical Accompaniment
July 27 | Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City

For the first time in history, the Japan Foundation, Manila in partnership with Ateneo de Naga University present the first-ever performance by Filipino benshi (silent film narrator) accompanying Yasujiro Ozu’s silent film comedy: A Straightforward Boy. The Filipinobenshi’s captivating live interpretation of the Japanese silent film will be backed also by a Filipino band from Naga composing original music for the film.

Literature Talks by Yoko Tawada
July 9 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | 20th Floor Multi-purpose Room, De La Salle University (Taft Avenue)

Award-winning Japanese writer Yoko Tawada who writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several novels, poems, plays, and essays, such as “The Bridegroom Was a Dog” and “The Naked Eye.” She has received numerous awards including the Akutagawa Prize, Kleist Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

Admission is free. Priority is given who registered online (  As long as seating is available, we welcome walk-in.

The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts Exhibition
July to September (exact duration to be announced) | The National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila

This traveling exhibition presents originals and reproductions of historical weapons such as arrows, suits of armor, etc. as well as through materials and photo panels of popular sports and physical exercise such as Kendô, Judô and Sumô.

Travel Madness Expo 2018: “Visit Japan” Booth

July 5 to 8 | SMX Convention Center, Pasay City

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will exhibit the “Visit Japan” Booth to introduce many attractions and travel deals to Japan. Participants can experience Japanese cultural activities, such as Origami (paper folding) and Shodo (calligraphy) at the Booth. General Admission is Php70.00.  For senior, PWD, and students, it is Php50.00.

Baguio Tanabata Festival 2018
July 7 to September 16 | Baguio

The Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL) and Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong) will organize a series of events in Baguio, such as the Philippines-Japan Friendship Day ceremony and Cultural show, Japanese film screenings, Kumamoto tourism poster exhibition, Tanabata (Japanese star festival) decoration workshop, and shamisen (traditional Japanese musical instrument) performance.  Admission is free.

Please note that event dates and details are subject to change. Visit the Japan Foundation, Manila Facebook page (@jfmanila) and for updates.

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