Sunday, 19th June 2011

MSMAS demonstrate the Martial Arts of Japan at the 'Brighton Japan' Festval ...

'Moshi Matsuri' (Matsuri is Japanese for “Festival”) is an open air Festival celebrating traditional Japanese culture and food....


As the largest annual Japanese cultural festival in the UK it aims to bring both traditional and modern Japanese art and culture to UK audiences.

Moshi Matsuri, an open-air festival, part of the Brighton Japan Festival and is free for the public to attend, yet in support of the 'Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund'.

Bartholomew Square in Brighton was transformed into an explosion of colour, with family friendly activities, shitamachi-style decorations and 30 stalls selling Japanese food, sweets, kimono and gifts.



11.30 ~ Opening Ceremony & Charity Performance by Saara Takase
Last summer, Brighton resident Saara Takase bought a guitar at charity shop in Brighton for £20 and began practicing every day. When Saara heard about the recent tragic earthquake in Japan, she wanted to do something to help, so packed her bags and went on a busking tour of UK and Europe, raising over £1,000 in the process. Her song was even used for the US TV programme Democracy Now! If you wish to contribute to the cause, the Brighton & Hove Japanese Club are accepting donations for the 'Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund'.
12.30 ~ Violinist – Masa Futagami
A skilled violinist, Masa will be performing popular songs from Japan and pop culture...

13.20 ~ Shamisen and Awa-Odori - Miyo Urushihara
An accomplished shamisen player performing a selection of traditional songs, as well as her speciality – Beatles shamisen! Miyo will also be giving a demonstration of Awa-Odori – join in and learn this folk
dance from Tokushima prefecture, which is often performed at the Obon festival in Japan!
14.00 ~ Koto Performance – Melissa Holding
Melissa Holding is one of the UK’s most highly regarded composers and performers of the koto (Japanese 13-string instrument). Melissa currently performs with contemporary ensemble Okeanos , but has also has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as composing music for the Royal National Theatre and several films including As You Like It (dir. Kenneth Brannagh).

14.40 ~ Omikoshi Parade
The Omikoshi is a portable shrine to house Shinto Gods and spirits. Constructed by the Brighton and Hove Japanese Club, with help from their children and students – the omikoshi will be paraded around the streets of Brighton accompanied by Japanese musicians and dancers. Parade leaves from Moshi Matsuri main stage at 2:40pm
15.00 ~ Hibiki & Alika Mochida - Ensemble Performance
Join us for an ensemble performance by reknowned shamisen player Hibiki, enka singer Alika Mochida and their band – a collection of classical musicians
16.00 ~ Koto Performance – Melissa Holding

16.30 ~ Unshin
Unshin is a six piece, Japanese band fronted by Megumi Miyoshi, a singer/songwriter from Sendai, Japan. With an eclectic mix of nationalities making up the band, their writing style is unique - taking influences from around the world but with a focus on Japanese Pop/Rock. Their debut album “Waltz for Broken Dolls” is a concept album telling the story of a young girl growing up under the strict pressures of Japanese society.


12.00 ~ The Mid-Sussex School of Martial Arts
Now in their 3rd decade of training, The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School (MSMAS) is now one of the oldest and most traditional non-profit, mixed Martial Arts Centres in the UK today, know internationally as Tenshin Kan UK Dojo.
12.30 ~ Giant Calligraphy by Takako Higgs
Watch calligrapher Takako create a huge, stunning 3m x 3m piece of shodo (Japanese calligraphy) before your eyes!

13.00 ~ Mid-Sussex School of Martial Arts

13.30 ~ Kaikyo Taiko
Taiko drumming is a particularly loud and exciting type of Japanese performance! In feudal Japan, this type of drumming was used to encourage the troops in battle.
14.00 ~ Tea Ceremony
An authentic demonstration of chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony). Tea ceremony has existed in Japan since the 13th century – originally beginning with tea tasting parties by the Samurai classes, it eventually evolved as an expression of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic.

14.30 ~ Kaikyo Taiko and Mid-Sussex School of Martial Arts

15.00 ~ Kimono Fashion Show
Models take to the catwalk wearing a beautiful array of authentic Japanese kimono and kanzashi.

15.15 ~ Kitsuke (Kimono Dressing)
Ever wondered what exactly is worn underneath a kimono and how all those layers manage to stay up? A step-by-step demonstration of putting on a kimono, along with some of the history.

16.00 ~ Kaikyuu Taiko & Giant Calligraphy


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