Japan Matsuri 2017



Workshop Kendama

The greatest and funniest juggler of all time Senmaru is ready to entertain you with a unique workshop: prepare yourself to discover the traditional Japanese toy Kendama, a fun game and an entertainment for children and adults. Made of a wooden object that resembles a conic hammer with a spike and connected to a wooden ball by a string, Kendama has some very simple basics, that is to catch one object with another. Be careful though, because it’s much harder than it looks! In fact, this technique hides a lot of tricks and secrets, and it’s recently become very popular internationally as the center of numerous competitions worldwide.

What are you waiting for? Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun with Senmaru and to learn some of the fundamental techniques of this amazing game!

Date: Saturday the 8th of April 2017
Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Price: free

Origami and Shodo Workshop

The “Camelia Club” will offer you workshops for all the ages. You will learn how to make beautiful Origami and write your name in Japanese.

Date: Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of April 2017
Number of participants: open
Time: Saturday : 10:30 – 18:30 Sunday : 1030 – 18:00

Price: free

Shiatsu workshop

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork developed in the beginning of the 20th century and after the 60’s it expanded in the whole world. One of the most important people for the creation of Shiatsu is Tokujiro Namikoshi. The school he founded, the “Japan Shiatsu College” in Tokyo, is the only school with an official recognition by the Japanese Ministry of Health.

By visiting the Japan Matsuri you can learn how to relax thanks to this amazing technique.

Date: Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of April 2017
Number of participants: open

Price: free

Cosplay workshop

The Cosplay was in born in Japan and is a performance art in which participants (cosplayer) wear costumes and behaving like a particular character of a movie, manga, comic or others.

The “Lightsaber Academy Ticino” will attend the Japan Matsuri with an exhibition area, their theme this year will be “Star Wars” and of course cosplay.

Description of the “Lightsaber Academy Ticino”:

The Group “Lightsaber Academy Ticino” (in the beginning “Jedi Academy Ticino”) was founded in 2012 almost by accident. As we were traveling back from the Lucca Comics & Games we discovered that in the USA they had Lightsabers (laser swords), so after bought some we started to create choreographed duels with these laser swords (in Italy and in the rest of the world this already was common, also in hospitals and charity events).

Since all of us were into cosplay, we decided to not just duel with the swords but also to recreate the feeling of Star Wars. So we started making our own Star Wars costumes, sometimes personalising them.

More members started to join us and we started going together to the multiple comic conventions that take place in Italy. Our group had the chance to meet official representatives of Star Wars, such as Walt Disney Italy, Warner Bros Italy and others.


Date: Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of April 2017
Number of participants: open

Price: free


Bonsai Workshop

The BCT (Bonsai Club Ticino) start in 1986, thanks to a group of bonsai lovers. The characteristics of this Club are dynamicity and a place where you can feel friendship. In the passing of years the Club changed its mentality, opening up to new events and new energies. Everyone can join, the experts and the newbies. Since 2008 the Club is part of the Piemonte – Lombardia union and since 2010 of the Swiss Bonsai Club.

At Japan Matsuri they will offer:

Demonstrations of Bonsai techniques
Assistance on visitors plants
Examples of finished show bonsai
Date: Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th
Number of participants: open

Price: free


The Japanese word SUMI-E (墨絵), means literally: painting with ink.
It indicates an art of painting that is performed with black ink (sumi) in different dilutions.
It’s the art that represents the harmony through the use of ink, water and paper.
The brush is the instrument that allows to bring the sumi (ink) on the paper with all its different gradations.
It’s the black and white world, but also the territory of the different shades of gray, able to return to the viewer the illusion of colors.
The painted traits can not be corrected, therefore the painting requires concentration, dedication and good practice, the painting is not performed to demonstrate cleverness but to express themselves.


Without use of a drawing, you will compose paintings that at first glance look simple, but from which transpires harmony and elegance.
No painting experience is required, you will experience a new technique, which will be the first for everyone.
A different method, learning to observe the nature and to paint with the brush and the different gradations of black. From the dilution of the ink to the preparation of the gradations of black, to finish then with the creation of an image, a journey in the world and the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.

During the lesson you will:

Prepare the ink and learn to use the brush
Learn the technique and the attitude you have to adopt to paint
Paint some traditional subjects

  • Date: Saturday the 8th of April 2017
  • Number of participants: max 10 people, Participation only with subscription: send an email to : info@japanmatsuri.org
  • Time : 14:15 – 16:15

Price: free

Workshop Structure and characteriyation – How to create a character

This workshop aims to introduce its participants to 2 fundamental aspects of a character’s creation for an illustration, a comic or an animated movie.
The first part of the workshop will focus on the technique of the structure through simple figures that will help to control the desired physical proportions of the character, while the second part will focus on the character’s clothing.

Date: Saturday the 8th of April 2017

Price: free

Workshop Chara and the differentiation of the character

In this second workshop the participants will try to transform the characters they created during the first workshop, giving them some physical characteristics that will distinguish them.
For example, it will be possible to change a short and chubby character into a tall and thin one, using some specific techniques to transform and model the structure of the body or to give more details to the clothing, making more interesting the character itself.

Date: Saturday the 8th of April 2017

Price: free

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