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Japan Foundation Inaugurates Eigasai: Japanese Film Festival 2016

In line with the celebration of the 20th year of Japan Foundation, Manila, was the successful inauguration of Eigasai: The Japanese Film Festival 2016 at Shangri-la Plaza last July 7. For this year’s Eigasai, it features the works of renowned Japanese directors Masato Harada and Hiroshi Shoji.

Eigasai is the Japanese film festival hosted in the Philippines and presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila which is co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

Japanese Director Masato Harada giving a short talk about what to expect for this year's Eigasai.

Japanese Director Masato Harada giving a short talk about what to expect for this year’s Eigasai.

The opening night were graced by the representatives of Embassy of Japan to the Philippines, Japan Foundation, Manila and director Masato Harada, which he shared a short talk about the films for this year’s Japanese film festival. Harada also gave a brief talk about his film, KAKEKOMI, which was the first film to present to formally start the Eigasai.

What’s more special with the Eigasai this year is its partnership with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for the first time where two award-winning Japanese films will be featured in its Asian Section.

All the lined-up films are free to viewed by everyone. Free tickets for the festival including those at Shangri-la Cineplex will be available 30 minutes before the screening.  Since slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is advisable to come early.

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Free Japanese Films through EIGASAI Film Festival

Free Japanese Films EIGASAIAre you ready for free Japanese films?  If you are then you are in for a big treat as Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) and the Embassy of Japan launches one of the biggest EIGASAI or Japanese Film Festival this year, beginning on July 7 to celebrate JFM’s 20th Anniversary and the 60th year of Japan-Philippine friendship. Continue reading →

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Japan Foundation Manila Celebrates 20th Anniversary

We would like to congratulate Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) for their 20th Anniversary in the Philippines.  JFM is  Japan’s lone institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs.

Most of you would have known Japan Foundation through their various activities particularly their successful cultural exchange programs.  Programs are divided into three categories: Japanese-Language Education in the Philippines; Arts and Culture; and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. Continue reading →

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It’s that time of the year when Japan Foundation Manila brings to the country exciting and awesome idols from Japan and this time they are bringing Diana Garnet, Joe Inoue and THE BEATMOTORS to hold Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! concert on February 28 at Whitespace Manila.Spinning-Manila-J-Pop-Live-Diana-Garnet

Naruto Cosplayers PH is one of the official Japanese Pop Culture Community partner for the event.  The event starts at five in the afternoon, Whitespace Manila along Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Admission to the concert is free, but online registration, which is open from January 12 at noon, is required at http://spinningmanila.eventbrite.com.

Diana Garnet is the singer behind the hit single Spinning World, the closing theme for Naruto Shippuden.  Diana is a US-born recording artist whose life-long passion for anime Spinning-Manila-JPOP-Live-Joepropelled her to achieve her dream of becoming a singer in Japan. In the process, she also mastered the Japanese language. In 2013, she won Nihon TV’s singing contest for foreigners, Nodojiman THE WORLD, which paved the way for her debut album COVER ☆ GIRL.

We will also witness the return of our beloved, Joe Inoue.  He is a Japanese singer born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he grew up in an environment filled with music and manga. In 2007, he debuted with his first EP titled IN A WAY. He is best known for CLOSER, which was used as the opening theme for Naruto Shippuden.

Completing the lineup is the upcoming band THE BEATMOTORS composed of Masahi Akiba, Tetsuro Kimura, Johnny Yanagawa, and Takahiro Shikano. Their music was described as systematically simple with a bit of an edge that makes their live performances shine.

1617292_727917667218948_1557823165_oTo the young and the forever-young, Japan is almost synonymous with anime, manga, and the distinctly kawaii~ (cute) and kakkoii~ (cool) pop culture that covers everything from music to fashion. At Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! enjoy the Japanese-flavored upbeat music in your best cosplay garb.


Aside from the concert, there are two other things to get excited about. There’s the Facebook Cosplay Photo Contest to be launched second week of January. Also, all three artists will make an appearance at the JFM’s annual event showcasing Japanese language, arts and culture: Nihongo Fiesta 2016, on February 27 (Saturday) at Shangri-La Plaza.

Spinning Manila: J-Pop Live! is supported by Canon Marketing (Philippines), and media partners Hero TV and WhenInManila.com, with special thanks to Cosplay Café, Cosplay PH, Naruto Cosplayers PH and Otaku Asia.

Please use the official hashtag #JPopLive and #JFmanila when posting about the event.

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Animax Philippines, Asia’s first youth brand specializing in the fastest growing youth entertainment genre – Japanese animation partners with Naruto Cosplayers PH (NCPH) for the coverage of the Nihonggo Fiesta 2013 at SM City North EDSA Sky Dome on February 23. The event will bring back the Japanese band Uchusentai Noiz, one of Japan’s rising visual kei bands. Continue reading →

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