Authentic Japanese drum performance? Sushi-making from certified Japanese chefs? Yamada Nanami from AKB48’s Team 8? No, we were not talking about Tokyo. Last November 7 and 8, at Trinoma mall, Quezon City, the Philippines experienced a different and authentic perspective of Japan through the Cool Japan Festival 2015.
AKB48’s Team 8 in Manila.
“The event, being an effort to empower the cultural and economic friendship between the two countries, was an exchange of the coolest Japanese traditions and trends, and the warmest Filipino values” said the article that the Viewfinder wrote for Rappler. Catch the rest of the viewpoints that enlightened Filipinos about the Japanese culture in my published piece entitled, “IN PHOTOS: Highlights from Cool Japan Festival 2015.”
Take a glimpse of some of the other photos that the Viewfinder was able to summon through her lenses.
The lovely ladies of AKB48:
Niigata’s Sato Shiori.
Kyoto’s Nao Ota.
Nara’s Momoka Onishi.
Kagawa’s Yurina Gyouten.
Hyogo’s Yamada Nanami and Gunma’s Maria Shimizu.
Alodia Gosiengfiao, cosplaying Hatsune Miku from Project Diva:
An on-site cosplayer:
Characters from the anime Doraemon:
Gian playing with the camera.
Nobita trying to kiss Shizuka.
The traditional Japanese drum performance by Tokoro Taiko: