The Archive is holding a Japanese Culture Day in celebration of the country’s heritage.
On Saturday, 8 February the arty café-cum-library will offer a number of experiences, from Japanese cuisine to origami and tea ceremonies. You can even learn about lesser known traditions such as ikebana, the mysterious art of Japanese flower arranging. There’ll be tasty cuisine prepared outdoors by Japanese chef Ken Ishihata, whose specialities include okonomiyaki, teppanyaki and rice balls.
You’ll also be able to browse loads of cool Japanese stuff for sale, including original Manga drawings from the cult comics, ink paintings, woodblock prints, vintage kimonos and books.
Kids and adults alike can try their hand at origami, a traditional art of paper folding which dates back to the 17th century. The children’s session starts at 12noon, while a workshop aimed at adults runs from 4pm. If that gets your creative juices flowing, why not hang on for the calligraphy workshop, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm?
Other activities include shiatsu massages, martial arts demonstrations, language classes, dance performances and a sunset screening of the sci-fi anime film Royal Space Force, Wings of Honnêamise.
INFO: Entry and workshops are free, 10am-10pm, Sat 8 Feb, The Archive, Safa Park, Dubai, 04 349 4033, www.thearchivedubai.tumblr.com