GCL: Japanese Festival



Event: Gateshead Central Library Japanese Festival

When: October 1st – 8th

Where: Gateshead Central Library (Directions)

Website: http://www.asaplive.com/whats-on/events

Price: Varying (See Events Below)


Gateshead Central Library is holding an in house festival celebrating Japan consisting of art, cultural, language, and film events. To book tickets for any event please call 0191 433 8420 or email the library over at tic@gateshead.gov.uk.


1/10/12 – 2-4pm – Beginners Japanese Taster Session [£4 Per Ticket]

Get a flavour of Japan with these basic, beginner Japanese language taster sessions, anyone is welcome!

1/10/12 – 7-9pm – Japanese Beer and Whisky Tasting (18+) [£4 Per Ticket]

Take a journey through Japan with a tour of beer and whisky, and enjoy an authentic sushi buffet.

2/10/12 – 6-10pm – Anime Attacks Autumn Social (11+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Join us for Anime Attacks’ special Autumn get together with renowned manga artist Yishan Li. There will also be cosplay, art competitions, Japanese video game tournaments and more! From 8.30pm to 10pm there will also be a club night with live DJing from Peff, presenter of the award-winning ’We Must Warn Tokyo’ on Newcastle Student Radio.

3/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Adrift in Tokyo (15+) [£3 Per Ticket]

Offbeat Japanese comedy. The film follows the unusual bond that develops between a demotivated student and a debt collector for the loan shark to whom he owes money. Directed by Satoshi Miki (Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, Instant Numa).

4/10/12 – 6.30pm – Film: Kamikaze Girls (12+) [£3 Per Ticket]

The film is based on the novel by Novala Takemoto and is about the friendship between 2 very different girls. There is sweet, frilly-dress-loving Rococo fan Momoko (Kyoko Fukada) and spitting, head butting biker chick Ichiko (Anna Tsuchiya). Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Memories of Matsuko).

6/10/12 – 10am-12noon – Origami Session [£2.50 Per Ticket]

Make origami birds, boats and animals and create your own designs with visual artist Kate Eccles. Kate will teach you how to decorate your origami with Japanese symbols.

8/10/12 – 6.30-8pm – Talk: Japan, Geishas and Courtesans [£5 Per Ticket]

Enter the world of the geisha with this talk by bestselling author, Lesley Downer. In order to carry out research for her book “Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind The Fiction”, Lesley spent 6 months living among the geisha and gradually found herself being transformed into one of them. Consequently, she is able to give us a unique insight into this aspect of Japanese culture. Lesley is also the author of a number of fiction titles including “The Last Concubine” and her latest novel, “Across A Bridge of Dreams”. Pre-booking essential!


Stay tuned to Geordie Japan for more details in the coming weeks.


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