In the midst of the 2020 COVID pandemic, an Utrecht based group of friends decided to digitally unite themselves, in order to share their interests in Japanese art and culture. On their website, the “Japan Fans Utrecht” will share their knowledge and events, in order to form a bridge that facilitates friendship between our two countries.
Inspired by the success of groups like Open Huis in Overvecht and the Old English Enthousiasts, in 2021, the Japan Fans Utrecht share their interests in Japanese art and culture by organizing lectures, workshops and demonstrations on a wide variety of subjects related to the Japanese culture and history. A small selection of the plannend events includes demonstrations of Japanese board games and Japanese cuisine, an exhibition of Japanese sea monsters, a concert with Japanese flute music, and workshops in Kyudo (Japanese archery), origami (Japanese paper folding), sumi-e (Japanese calligraphy) and manga drawing.
In the future, we would also like to facilitate Japanese language study groups, martial arts demonstrations and competitions, courses on Zen buddhism and Japanese yoga, tea ceremonies and much more events related to Japanese art and culture. We have already been invited to various interesting organisations, so as soon as the lockdown is over, we will also start planning excursions.
The Japan Fans Utrecht are embedded in the local community of Utrecht and open to new members – both Japan Fans and Japanese residents – and new collaborations. Should you wish to join and/or do you have an interesting idea for an event or a discount from your (Japan related) business, just contact Martine. As of March 2021, the Japan Fans Utrecht consist of over 200 members, most of whom are also in our Facebook Group. We are active on Instagram as well.