July 17–20, 2014
Kiwanis International Convention Tokyo Chiba 2014
Incense burning in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Japan culture fair

Venue: Central lobby, foyer, Hall B, and designated rooms in the International Conference Hall

Date and Time: Thursday, July 17 from 13:00–17:00 (1–5 p.m.) and Friday, July 18 from 9:00–17:00 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Tea ceremony (Sado, Chado, or Chanoyu)
The Japanese tea ceremony is a blend of two principles, sabi and wabi. Sabi represents beauty or serenity that comes with age. Wabi represents the inner, or spiritual, experiences of human life. The elements of the Japanese tea ceremony are the harmony of nature and self-cultivation, and enjoying tea in a formal and informal setting. The ceremony developed as a transformative practice and evolved to its own aesthetic, in particular that of sabi and wabi principles. You can enjoy a cup of refined tea with confectionary in a traditional way for a reasonable fee.

Flower arranging (Kado or Ikebana)
The first Japanese classical styles of Ikebana started in the middle of the fifteenth century. Buddhist priests and practitioners were the first Ikebana teachers and students. Other schools emerged and styles changed. Ikebana became a Japanese custom. Watch an Ikebana master arrange seasonal flowers or practice arranging flowers yourself, with instructions from an Ikebana master. Those who practice pay a fee for flowers, which are theirs to keep.

Japanese calligraphy (Shodo)
Japanese and Chinese calligraphy share roots. Many of their principles and techniques are similar, and both recognize the same basic writing styles. However, Japan has a unique style of calligraphy of its own. Writing had been popularized, and the kana syllabary was devised to deal with pronunciations that could not be written with the borrowed Chinese characters. Japanese calligraphy tools include brushes, ink sticks, ink stones and mulberry papers. Watch a Shodo master create calligraphy or receive the memento of your name written in Japanese on a paper by a Shodo master.

Way of incense (Kodo) 

Way of incense is the Japanese art of appreciating incense. Codified conduct structures how to use the incense. Kodo includes all aspects of the incense process, from the tools which, much like tools of the tea ceremony, are valued as high art, to activities such the incense-comparing games kumiko and genjiko. Kodo is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement (in addition to ikebana for flower arrangement and chado for tea and tea ceremony). 

Paper folding (Origami)
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. It started in the seventeenth century and became popular outside Japan in the mid-1900s. It has evolved into a modern art form whose goal is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. Fold origami with help from origami masters, and keep your creation.

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing, from which bonsai originated, and the miniature living Vietnamese landscapes. The Japanese tradition dates back over 1,000 years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology. Following World War II, a number of trends made the Japanese tradition of bonsai increasingly accessible to world audiences. View one of the best bonsai collections in the Chiba prefecture and learn how to grow bonsai trees with the advice of bonsai masters. 

Japanese kimono wearing (Kitsuke)
The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment. The word kimono, which literally means a "thing to wear," has come to mean full-length robes. Kimonos are T-shaped robes worn with the hem at the ankle, attached collars, and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimonos are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi). Several female convention participants will be invited to wear actual kimonos and demonstrate on stage. 

Introduction of Japanese Martial Arts (Budo) Fair

Venue: Hall B in International Conference Hall
Date and Time: Friday, July 18, 13:30–17:00 (1:30–5 p.m)

Japanese fencing (Kendo)

Kendo, meaning "way of the sword," is a modern Japanese sport/martial art descended from swordsmanship. Currently, it is practiced in many nations across the world. Kendo is a physically and mentally challenging activity using bamboo swords. It combines martial arts practices and values with sport-like strenuous physical activity. Enjoy a Kendo demonstration performed by high school students. 

Judo, meaning "gentle way," is a modern martial art. Jigoro Kano created the combat form in Japan in 1882. This Olympic sport’s most prominent feature is its competitive element. The objective is to throw or take an opponent to the ground and immobilize or otherwise hold down or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Watch a judo demonstration performed by high school students.

Karate is a martial art developed in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It stemmed from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands, under the influence of Chinese martial arts. Karate is a striking art that uses punching, kicking, knee-, elbow- and open-hand techniques such as knife hands, spear hands, and palm-heel strikes. In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints and vital point strikes are also taught. Watch a formal sequence of movements called Kata ("shape" or "model"). Watch the prominent group Kyokushin-Kan International perform.

Kendo training at a Japanese police academy