Enjoy a piece of Japan here in Galway

THE JAPANESE Film Festival takes place in Galway this weekend and as well as great films, Galwegians will also be able to enjoy many different aspects of Japanese culture.

The festival, co-organised by the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA, and the Ireland Japan Association, takes place in The Cinemobile, by the Town Hall Theatre, from tomorrow to Sunday.

Highlights in the programme include Fish Story, set in five different time periods and featuring such disparate subjects as punk, plagiarism, and impending Armageddon; the classroom drama Confessions, which explores the consequence of bullying; and The Sky Crawlers, directed by Mamoru Oshii, which depicts a world where war has become a company-sponsored reality game.

The festival will also host a cultural event in the Galway City Museum on Saturday at 12 noon. The event will involve a display of the Japanese martial art aikido from Ronan Kane, Diarmuid Lavelle, and Chifumi Takahashi of the Galway Aikido Club; a tea ceremony demonstration by Yoshimi Hayakawa of the Wa Café; and a performance by Japanese singer Maria Kanai.

All are welcome to the cultural event. For details on all films being screened and bookings see ww.accesscinema.ie

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