A space to share Japanese culture.
With no one being allowed to travel anytime soon, Pop-Up Little Japan is a chance to experience some aspects of Japanese culture, right here in Nelson’s ShopFront Theatre. Come along to Nelson’s littlest theatre-space and be charmed and delighted by Japanese puppetry. Plus, at the end of the month, Calligraphy GrandMaster Akiko Crowther is offering lessons for both kids and adults.
PUPPET SHOW – MOMOTARO (The Peach Boy)
Momotarō is a popular Japanese folkstory, about a baby boy who is found inside a pearch, and goes on to do great things. Akiko Miyamoto will present the puppet show in the style of ‘one story, two languages’, with the help of Roger Sanders. Together, Akiko and Roger will use Japanese and English to bring this classic story to life.
Saturdays 16 & 23 January 2021 at 11am & 1pm
Momotarō (The Peach Boy)
40mins session includes introduction of Japanese language and puppet demonstration of ‘Mr. Praying Mantis’.
Akiko Crowther is a Japanese Calligraphy GrandMaster based here in Nelson, accredited by the Japanese Calligraphy Education Society. Akiko teaches Japanese Calligraphy at regular classes in Nelson and Wellington, as well as to private students. Akiko and her husband Tim are artists whose works combine traditional Japanese Calligraphy with contemporary abstract painting. More information at https://yuyu.co.nz/
This is your chance to learn about the techniques and beauty Japanese Calligraphy.
Saturday 30 January 2021
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop
– 11am: Kids Class (Age 6-16years). 60mins.
– 1pm: Adult Class (Age 17years & over). 90mins.
Akiko Miyamoto is a puppeteer, actor, clown and puppet maker who has over 30 years experience in theatre and television, including work in Japan, NZ and around the world. Now based in Nelson, she initially trained and worked with Hitomi-Za Puppet Company in Tokyo. She then travelled the world as a puppeteer, before coming to New Zealand. As well as her performance, Akiko teaches exercise at Multicultural Nelson Tasman.