Japan Fans grow into a Japanese Cultural Centre

The Japan Fans are a Utrecht-based club for Japanese arts and culture enthusiasts. We aim to facilitate friendship and inspiration based on our shared interests and strive towards realising our own Japanese Art & Culture Centre in Utrecht .

We dream of a cultural home of Japan in the centre of Utrecht . There we could start our library (we have sooooo many books!) and organise all of our Japanese events in the Netherland, such as exhibitions of Japanese art – for example by these artists – and artistic research projects such as The Spirit of Kanji. The aim is to create a ‘Manga & Japanese Culture Week ‘ basically every week!

In a centre of our own, the people from our various Japanese meetup groups would have a stable place to study and connect. Currently, we organise a weekly Japanese study group in Utrecht , and more ad hoc meetings for our Utrecht haiku group and our Japanese book club. We want to expand this to include sessions for Japanese board games & video games, Japanese Arts & Crafts and the martial arts of Japanese Budo. Perhaps our space could even have a small dojo space for practice?

We would love to perform in a Japanese ambience. Demonstrations of Budo , but also concerts with live Japanese music , for example, Japanese flute music , music from Ghibli movies and Japanese piano music . We would also like to organise haiku readings and storytelling events in Utrecht's Japanese cultural centre .

We are now an official foundation – the Stichting Japan Fans – and working hard to realise our dreams. Keep an eye on the Japan Fans website and socials for the latest news on a Japanese Art & Culture Centre in Utrecht !


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