The Japanese film festival

About a week ago the Embassy of Japan here in Botswana in conjunction with New Capitol cinemas held a Japanese Film Festival. They show 4 movies over a 4 day period for free at the Game City Cinemas to help promote Japanese culture. They do it every year and for whatever reason, though I have been interested, I had never attended one. This time I decided to make the effort and now I regret having not gone to the previous ones. This years took place from the 15th to the 18th November and showed the following movies: Abacus and sword, Always, The girl who leapt through time (anime) and One million yen girl.

With one of the female ushers wearing a kimono

I went on the opening day and was pleasantly suprised! There were ushers dressed in traditional Japanese clothing (kimonos and robes), some informative Japanese magazines about art given out and a spread of Japanese finger foods.

Free stuff!
Some of the attendants
Assorted finger foods including shrimp tempura, quiche, sushi and deep fried chicken.

There was quite a healthy turn out and a good mix of races. We were given some time to eat then invited to another table to grab snacks for the movie. I decided to be adventurous and grab some Japanese snack that looked like a mix of nuts and something else. I later on regretted it because the taste was just a little too strange for me. It was very tangy and bitter at the same time.

The snack I picked up

The movie was great though! We watched Abacus and Sword and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a movie about a family that was well known for being geniuses with the abacus. I suppose in modern day they would be geniuses with accounting software. The movie followed the life of two generations of the family during the final days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It was a little sad to see the transition from tradition to western life; towards the end of the movie they were wearing western clothes and had western hair cuts. The movie was funny and very touching and centered on family values. I would definitely recommend it!

Overall a great experience and I will attend again next year if possible!

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