March 28, 2012

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Springtime will have a distinctively Japanese feel this year at the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Twelve months on from the tsunami disaster that struck the country, the Land of the Rising Sun visits Paris to showcase Japanese style art de vivre. Following previously featured countries Morocco, Russia, China and the United States, it’s Japan’s turn to welcome the public to the park.

From April 7 to May 8 2012, the extraordinary Japanese garden will come alive to the sights and sounds of literally hundreds of shows and events, including calligraphy, Noh and Kabuki theater, concerts, origami, martial arts, ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement), plus a succession of colorful parades.

On May 5, the Japanese holiday Children’s Day will be celebrated in the finest tradition by flying brightly colored fish-shaped flags–known as koinobori–from the top of bamboo poles, to the delight of youngsters. The colorful, poetic event will take flight from a fitting spot, the Grande Volière, or Large Aviary.

Manga mania: on April 14, Japanese pop culture will bring its unique buzz to the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Visitors will be invited to join in the "cosplay", a type of performance art event in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent their favorite manga character. Once again, the park will be home to superheroes for the day!

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