Japanese culture to feature in sister city celebrations

April 27, 2016 by  

The culture of Japan will be showcased for the enjoyment of residents in Box Hill South and throughout the City of Whitehorse during Matsudo Week next month.

Both the Box Hill Community Arts Centre and the Whitehorse Artspace will host individual events to celebrate the City’s 45-year long sister city relationship with the Japanese city of Matsudo.

Whitehorse Councillor Robert Chong said the celebrations, which will feature a series of workshops and events, were a fitting way for the city to illustrate its delight at hosting what has become Victoria’s longest running sister city relationship.

In addition to providing an extensive array of festivities such as workshops, concerts, food, music, craft and art featuring the Japanese lifestyle and culture, the festival will boast catalogues of interesting items.

Cr Chong said until June 4, a special exhibition will display a selection of exquisite objects presented to the City of Whitehorse by its Japanese sister city since its friendship began 45 years ago.

The Community Arts Centre will also host a photographic exhibition, live music, cooking demonstrations, art workshops and a handmade paper kimonos display.

Japanese calligraphy, or ‘shodo’, will be the focus of a workshop to be held on May 10, while on May 15 locals will be able to learn about brush techniques and ink tones used to create traditional Japanese ink paintings. Contact council for the full programme of events.