There is something new at the Shangri-La Plaza! This July, the metro’s premier lifestyle destination commemorates the 61st annual Filipino-Japanese Friendship month. All set is a roster of exciting activities and exhibits highlighting Japanese history, art, and lifestyle.
To start off, there is the Eiga Sai film festival which will run until July 16. A line up of award-winning Japanese films of different genres is scheduled for showing at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2. A showcase of the colorful heritage of Japan through their cultural artifacts with Yuujuo: A Japanese Cultural Exhibit will follow. This will be staged at the Level 3 of the Main Wing.
Also, get to discover the Japanese art of stone appreciation through the Suiseki Exhibit. Here, the Natural Stone Society of the Philippines will display different collections of Japanese stones that reflect objects of nature interspersed with specially cultivated bonsai pieces. To catch the exhibit, just drop by the Grand Atrium from July 17 to 26.
There will also be workshops like the History of Suiseki: Identifying Good Suiseki by Tonette Gedang on July 22 at 2 pm and Base Making for Suiseki by Sonny Armamento on July 23 at 2 pm.
The metro’s premier lifestyle destination has also scheduled Japanese-themed workshops for the whole family. On July 15 at 4 pm at the East Atrium is the Kyosendo Workshop by the Saturday Group of Artists.
On July 16, on the other hand, there will be a Bento Making Workshop. If only I could travel and go malling, I would attend this bento making workshop. It will be by Bento by Kat and Kimono Ken at 3 pm at the East Atrium. I have once attended Kat’s bento class and she is indeed generous in sharing her ideas.
On the same day, July 16, Mark Floro in partnership with Canon, Sumosam, and Akira will conduct a Japanese Food Photography Workshop. It will be staged at the Grand Atrium at 4 pm.
The following weekend, on July 22, the Japanese festival continues with the Sashimi Cutting Demo with Watamidrop. It will be held at the Grand Atrium at 5 pm.
Finally, experience a traditional Japanese marketplace at the Everything Japanese Lifestyle Fair. Brands at the Shang, including The Bakeshop by EDSA Shangri-La Manila, Bonsai Shop, Daiso, Lollipuffs, Matsuri! Matsuri! The Kimono Shop, MUJI, National Bookstore, Owndays, Paul Frank, Powerbooks, Q Power Station, Suiseki Stones, and Toys R’ Us, as well as other select exhibitors, come together and offer mall guests a range of Japanese goods, from food favorites and household items to arts and crafts materials. Catch the fair from July 14 to 23 at the Main Wing, Level 1.
You see, you need not book a flight to the land of the rising sun to get a feel of Japanese history, art, and lifestyle. Visit the Shang this July to discover more of Japan’s rich heritage and the ways it’s interwoven into Filipino culture.
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