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Arts Diary: Open day will be a celebration of all things Japanese.

Byline: MIKE CHAPPLE

ALL things Japanese are to be celebrated at a special open day to be held in Cheshire next week.

Organised by the Japan Society North West, Dip into Japan will take place on Sunday, September 18 in Lymm Village Hall from 1pm to 5pm when visitors will be able to see and sample many traditional aspects of Japanese life and art.

They will include A display of the martial art of Iaido swordsmanship; Watch an expert making sushi dishes and then try for yourself; Look at a wonderful collection of Ningyo Dolls amassed by a Warrington collector A celebration of the folding paper art of origami Bonsai and Bonsai, the cultivation of miniature trees; A demonstration of how to play Go one of the most strategically complex board games in the world; Trying your hand at Shodo calligraphy and writing your name in Japanese There will also be demonstrations of Ikebana - minimalist flower arranging - and the recitation of Haiku or Japanese short poems. Textiles and artefacts will also be for sale.

There is a free raffle with Japanese items as prizes and Green Tea for all. Admission is just pounds 1 for adults and 50p for children.

There has been a Japan Society in the region for 10 years.

The present society is the second one, having grown out of its predecessor and been in existence for just over a year now. The event has been organised by the group's chairman David Woolf.

He has lived in Japan and set up and ran for Warrington-based company BNFL its subsidiary company in Japan, BNFL Japan KK. On returning to High Legh, near Warrington, he immediately became involved with the Japan Society. The vice chairman of the society is Liverpudlian Angela Davies. She is a lecturer in Japanese at Liverpool John Moores University and has extensive knowledge and contacts with the country
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Date:Sep 7, 2005
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