Shangri-la Plaza marks the 61st anniversary of Filipino-Japanese Friendship Month with a film festival, exhibits, and activities that highlight what makes Japan so fascinating to Filipinos.
The Eiga Sai Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a line up of award-winning Japanese films of different genres at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2. The festival, which has been held at Shangri-la Plaza for the past 18 years, still continues to draw the crowds to this day.
I was lucky enough to have been invited to the opening night to view the award-winning film, Her Love Boils Bathwater, along with its film director Ryota Nakano, who was at the Shang Cinema during the screening.
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Yuujuo: A Japanese Cultural Exhibit at Level 3 of the Main Wing showcases the colorful heritage of Japan with colorful artifacts and beautiful kimonos from the personal collection of Mr. Archie Belardo.
If you love nature, go to the Suiseki Exhibit of the Natural Stone Society of the Philippines at the Grand Atrium from July 17-26.
Suiseki is the art of stone appreciation and the exhibit will highlight different collections of Japanese stones that reflect objects of nature interspersed with specially cultivated bonsai pieces.
The atrium is also the venue for workshops like the History of Suiseki: Identifying Good Suiseki by Tonette Gedang on July 22 at 2pm and Base Making for Suiseki by Sonny Armamento on July 23 at 2pm.
The Kyosendo (fan painting) Workshop by the Saturday Group of Artists will be held on July 15, 4 PM at the East Atrium.
On July 16, check out the Bento Making Workshop by Bento by Kat and Kimono Ken at 3pm at the East Atrium.
For photography enthusiasts, there’s the Japanese Food Photography Workshop by Mark Floro, in partnership with Canon, Sumosam and Akira, at 4 PM at the Grand Atrium.
On July 22, Watami restaurant is holding a Sashimi Cutting Demo at 5 PM.
The workshops are free.
On July 15, the UP Tugma Koto Players will treat shoppers to a special performance featuring the koto, Japan’s national musical instrument, at the East Wing.
The Everything Japanese Lifestyle Fair will be held on July 14-23 at Level 1 of the Main Wing. The fair will highlight products from The Bakeshop by EDSA Shangri-La Manila, Bonsai Shop, Daiso, Lollipuffs, Matsuri! Matsuri! The Kimono Shop, MUJI, National Bookstore, Owndays, Paul Frank, Powerbooks, Q Power Station, Suiseki Stones and Toys R’ Us, as well as other select exhibitors.
Expect to see a range of Japanese goods, from food and household items to arts and crafts materials.
The mall decor, done by Beth Amat of Incandescent, also provides perfect photo opportunities.
The Japanese restaurants at the Shang also have special Japanese set menus until July 29.
At Pepper Lunch, the Egasai Combo Meals (all at Php 320 each) include:
Combo Meal 1: Beef Pepper Rice + 16oz Iced Tea + Kani Shake! Shake! Salad
Combo Meal 2: Chicken Pepper Rice + 16oz Iced Tea + Kani Shake! Shake! Salad
Combo Meal 3: Garlic Beef Pepper Rice + Matcha Ice Cream + Miso Soup.
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