Bath Japanese Festival

Bath Japanese Festival 2010

Japanese paper art, film and poetry head to the UK for the Bath Japanese Festival.

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The ancient English spa resort of Bath, will soon shows its love of Japanese art, books, haiku and film with the 2010 Bath Japan Festival.

The festival is held in conjunction with the International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 and organized by Alan Summers (With Words) and Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat. Carvosso is also Japan Editor for Bristol’s The Love of It.

Running from May 12 -23, the Bath Japanese Festival will consist of a series of workshops, events, screenings and showcases of authentic Japanese art and creation. It is specifically designed to give people an opportunity to participate in and enjoy Japanese inspired and created cultural forms. There will be workshops in haiku, renga, book making and origami as well as a host of events scattered over various locations throughout Bath

One of the highlights of the event will be the screening of the award winning movie Jitensha. This film, written by Yu Shibuya, follows Mamoru Amagaya, a young Japanese man in search of the meaning of life, as he goes on a journey to put his bicycle and himself back together.

Bicycle Dismantled

Follow festival updates on Twitter and the Bath Japanese Festival facebook page.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I want that tenugui!

Apr 1, 2010 (5001 days ago)

@Misato: You mean the image on top? I thought it was washi with an illustration and calligraphy. If it exists as tenugui, I want it, too!

Kjeld Duits
Apr 9, 2010 (4993 days ago)

yes, that one! I just went for tenugui maybe for two reasons: the event being in Bath, well known natural springs, and the format, it’s very tenugui-ish, don’t you think? but maybe it’s “just” washi…

Apr 9, 2010 (4992 days ago)

@Misato: Great reasoning, Misato. Especially the Bath connection. It would make a very cool tenugui! But the theme of the event is paper, so I think it is washi… Maybe somebody in the organization reads your comment and will decide to make tenugui!

Kjeld Duits
Apr 10, 2010 (4992 days ago)

let’s hope so! it’s a great design!

Apr 10, 2010 (4991 days ago)

If anyone could design a Bath Japanese Festival tenugui that would be cool!

Alan aka haikutec

Alan Summers
Apr 19, 2010 (4983 days ago)

Hi Alan, that would be incredibly cool! You should look into it; it would probably create an additional stream of income for the festival.

Kjeld Duits
Apr 19, 2010 (4983 days ago)

It would be great wouldn’t it? ;) Maybe next year when the festival can be planned over a whole year unlike this first festival which came together within two months. ;)

Thanks for promoting the festival! ;-)

all my best,


Alan Summers
Apr 20, 2010 (4982 days ago)

Not quite sure why some text has a line through it? ;) But just want to say thanks for supporting the festival! ;) all my best, Alan

Alan Summers
Apr 24, 2010 (4978 days ago)

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