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Nippon Connection was planned this year as a hybrid event from 1 to 6 June 2021, but due to the current pandemic situation it will now have to take place in purely virtual form after all.
The world's largest festival for Japanese cinema will present over 100 current Japanese short and feature-length films over six days, which will be available online as video-on-demand.
In addition, numerous filmmakers will participate in online talks and interviews live from Japan. Digital workshops, lectures, performances and concerts complete the programme.
Many of the films will celebrate their German or European premiere at the Nippon Connection. Film Festival. The focus of this year's festival is Family Matters - The Japanese Family between Tradition and Modernity, sponsored by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain. In addition to the film programme, workshops, lectures, concerts and performances invite visitors to discover the fascination of Japanese culture. Join in and try out online cooking courses and whiskey and sake tastings, manga drawing workshops, a Japanese course with film clips and much more.
The cult event Nippon Heimkino will also take place online again this year: Underground director Jörg Buttgereit and film scholar Marcus Stiglegger will comment live on a gem of Japanese trash cinema from their sofa at home. At the Nippon Online Market, various vendors will also present handicrafts, Japanese delicacies and other selected products related to Japan. Text / JNTO Press Release
Spring is here, the merry month of May is just around the corner and a little joie de vivre is creeping back into the home office. There are blossoms everywhere in the parks, even in our country, which perhaps compensate a little for the fact that no tourists have seen the cherry blossoms in Japan this year.
Of course, there are some nice videos of the cherry blossom in Japan on Youtube - here is our favourite: by Japan Pro and in courtesy published on YouTube and supported by JNTO - Japan National Tourism Office being published in the May '21 Newsletter in German Language.
Cherry blossoms are one of the national symbols of Japan and appear every at the start of Spring. Known as 'sakura' in Japanese, this period is incredibly popular for the activity of 'hanami' or flower viewing. Without tourists in Japan this year, many of the most popular sakura spots in Tokyo are much quieter than usual, so we went to check out a few to show you what it's like. Enjoy viewing cherry blossoms in Tokyo with us!
In the following video presented:
Shinjuku Gyoen Park- The 8th largest park in Tokyo and features over 1,500 cherry trees.
Inokashira Park- Another popular spot on the west side of Tokyo, right next door to the Ghibli museum.
Its large lake is also a favourite for couples as has rental boats that you can take out onto the water.
Meguro River- Perhaps one of the most photogenic sakura spots in the whole of Tokyo. Hundreds of sakura trees line both banks for over a mile.
Video by Japan Pro and in courtesy published on YouTube and supported by JNTO - Japan National Tourism Office being published in the May '21 Newsletter in German Language
by Eleanor Wyllie | Convention Manager,Japan Convention Bureau / Japan National Tourism Organization
Here in Japan, we are entering peak cherry blossom season, an annual milestone renowned worldwide as images of these beautiful blooms are shared across the globe. A symbolic flower of spring, cherry blossoms signify a time of renewal, and with a short life span, when they bloom it's a moment to be captured and remembered.
This year, their moment in time feels particularly poignant as we look forward to a brighter future following the pandemic. Just last week, the state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures, and although travel restrictions remain in place, this is a positive step forward for the country. This also follows the news that while overseas spectators won't be able to attend the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this year, the event will go ahead. We're privileged to have the opportunity to host such a significant event under such challenging circumstances. The Olympics will provide an opportunity to showcase Japan as a meetings and events destination to a global audience and build confidence with associations and PCOs for when travel restrictions are lifted. Until then, wishing you all a positive, happy and healthy start to spring. We look forward to welcoming you back to Japan soon. / Text Press Release