That Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne (The Japan Foundation) has again announced a large number of exciting and informative events for this summer. From film screenings to festivals to lectures and exhibitions, everything is there.
The Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne is one of three institutes of this type in Europe. The other two are in Paris and Rome. All of them have made it their task to promote traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural forms as well as corresponding projects and to provide information about them.
“I Love Sushi” at the Japanese Cultural Institute
From July 1st to 29th, the Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne is showing a colorful exhibition on the subject of sushi. An event that you should perhaps not visit on an empty stomach.
In the newly designed Traveling exhibition “I Love Sushi”which will celebrate its world premiere in Cologne, we dive deep into the world of “Washoku” (translated “Japanese cuisine”, “Japanese food”) and devote ourselves entirely to the culture of sushi.
In addition to “Shokuhin sanpuru” (imitation food) that look very real, as we know them from the shop windows of Japanese restaurants, many color woodcuts and photographs will also be exhibited there, illustrating the success story of sushi.
To kick off the exhibition, the Japan Foundation will also be showing a documentary on July 1 at 6:00 p.m. about the famous sushi restaurant “Sukibayashi Jiro”, which is located in a subway station in Tokyo and has a total of ten seats.
The small eatery, run by sushi master Jiro Ono, was awarded three Michelin stars in 2009 and is considered the best sushi restaurant in the world.
The Movie “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was created in 2011 under the direction of the US director David Geld and not only provided an insight into the life and work of the master Jiro Ono, but also into that of his son, Yoshikazu Ono, who is later to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Another highlight in the Japan Foundation’s calendar of events is the “Natsumatsuri”, the Japanese summer festival. This year it can take place live and in color again for the first time.
Various sales stands, concerts, language and calligraphy courses, film screenings and, of course, Japanese food await you at the festival.
This year’s “Narsumatsuri” will take place on July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.