A Japanese film festival seems a bit out of the norm for Prague cultural offerings. Now in its fourth year, the Eiga-sai–Festival of Contemporary Japanese Film offers eight popular in Japan films for viewing by Czech audiences. Lucky for non-Czech speaker, all films except one will be shown with English subtitles. The film festival runs from January 21 to 27 at Lucerna cinema. But that’s not all – the festival kicks off a month long series of Japanese culture events. Here’s a partial schedule of events to check out:
February 5: Dōjōji at the Disk Theater. A kabuki theater interpretation.
February 5: Kinsky Palace. Opening of a new permanent exhibition with works from Asia and the Mediterranean entitled Art of the Ancient World.
February 12: Lucerna. New Year’s Concert of Young Japanese Musicians
February 24: New Town Hall. Recital featuring Chikako Kanehisa and Kifu Mitsuhashi, two Japanese soloists who will interpret classical and contemporary pieces on traditional instruments.
One of the sponsors of the festival and accompanying events is the Czech-Japanese Association. They host other cultural experiences throughout the year. Two of the most interesting annual events include a Japanese spring celebration the first week in June at Vyšehrad, with actors and actresses who perform traditional Japanese rituals welcoming spring and in November, celebrate the sword of the Samuari at the Police Museum which hosts the annual Katana Matsuri.
Unfortunately information on these events can only be found in Czech and Japanese. For more information, go to the venues.
Logo courtesy of Eiga-sai