Nippon Week at Narita Airport Shows the Culture, Arts and Charm of Japan

Nippon Week at Narita Airport Shows the Culture, Arts and Charm of Japan

A calligraphy performance by Son Takeda.

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Nippon Week, an event displaying the culture, arts and charm of Japan, held from February 22 to 28 at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.

This was the fourth incarnation of the Narita Airport Oasis Project, which was an effort bringing together employees, officials and others with the aim of raising the airport’s attractiveness with both facilities and services, and it was attempting to spread the appeal of the “Japan Brand” to the world from Narita Airport, the largest gateway to Japan.

“The Wa Stage,” “Nippon Brand PR,” “The Wa Experience” and “Wa BGM” were the four project categories of various projects representing “wa” (Japanese for “harmony,” “peace” or “balance”) that were in both Terminals 1 and 2 every day of the event.

Twelve performances and events were held at the Wa Stage including a calligraphy performance by Son Takeda and a Tsugaru shamisen jazz show by Yutaka Oyama. The Nippon Brand PR area displayed traditional crafts from around Japan, as well as some of the latest technology such as 4-panel LCD digital signage devices. Visitors to the airport could participate in a tea ceremony or try putting on kimonos, making chigiri-e pictures and more at Wa Experience events. DJ Shuya Okino of Kyoto Jazz Massive was creating a Japanese atmosphere through sound with his homegrown jazz flowing through the arrivals concourse at Wa BGM.

The airport stated that this week was the “final event” of Yokoso! Japan Weeks, which had been put on by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism from January 20 through February 28. The airport also said that it would “gradually and stylishly present Japan [to the world].”