Exploring the universe of East. To totally bathe in the cultures and traditions of a boundless Continent like Asia.
From the 1st to the 4th Novembre 2012, in the complex “CarraraFiere” of Marina di Carrara, the event will take life:”Festival dell’Oriente”, the greatest kermesse devoted to the oriental world: 35 thousand square meters to know the East in all of his faces.
In the occasion of the Marathon Martial 8th Edition, we created the space devoted to the cultural aspect of the countries in which the martial arts have origin.

Among the great attractions there will be a space devoted to the Japanese culture in collaboration with the Associazione Culturale Izumì of Massa.

The Associazione Culturale Izumì is pleased to coordinate the space devoted to the Japanese culture with so many new things.

The Maestra Kaoru Kobayashi will exhibit him in the Tea Ceremony “CHA No YU”, the song and the IKEBANA on the Stage.

Kaoru Kobayashi: Lyric singer (soprano), Master of ikebana (Ohara school), Master of the Ceremony of tea (Omote-senke school),

Researcher of traditional japanese cuisine, Model of kimono, is born in Aizuwakamatsu, city developed around a caste.

Since childhood she has lived in a japanese traditional environment. Her grandfather taught the tea ceremony and ikebana.



A social and spiritual rite practiced in Japan. The ceremony spread together with the Zen as spiritual training. Even if it is not easy to learn this rite, the importance of the ceremony is ospitality, that is the respect for the guests and for the nature.


Art of the composition of the flowers, branches and leaves. Practiced also as spiritual training of the Zen to express the universe.




Taiko: japanese drum.

The Taiko, anciently used as the instrumento of communication, developed in the         Middle Ages as music and as encouragement for the soldiers.

It was used also for the Shintoism and Buddhism Ceremony.

The Masadaiko group, directed by Masakazu Nizhimine, and it was founded in 1996 in Bremen, Germany www.masa-daiko.de

Masamine Nishimine, born in 1954 in Kochi, Japan and degreed at University of the Arts in Bremen.

Leader of the percussion Emsemble Bremen (1988-1999). Guest Lecturer at University of Arts of Bremen Kyoto City University in Japan.

In 1996 he founded the Group of Taiko “Masa-daiko” and he exhibited so many concerts in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France and Spain.


Founded by Japanese musicians who play in Italy, to contribute to spread the Japanese culture and it exhibited many concerts performing the Japanese New Music (Nihon-Kakyoku) and the elaboration of traditional songs which always follewed by great successes.

NAKAZAWA FUSAKO (mezzo soprano): Graduated at Tokyo Arts University and graduated in Song under the guide of the Maestro Ghitti at the Conservatory “B.Marcello” of Venice, where she has also finished the biennial course of improvement.

TAKEDA KEIGO (pianoforte): NBorn in 1980, Takeda has graduated in 2004 at Hokkaido University for the formation of the teachers.

SARA SANNINO (Koto, Taisho-Koto): Currently she is enrolled to the Conservatory “G. Verdi” of Milan, where she is achieving the diploma in clarinet under the guide of the Maestro. She was interested in the Japanese music and she studied the Koto (followed Hayashi Toshiko and the Maestro Uehara of the Yamada School) and the Taisho-Koto (followed her mother Nakazawa Fusako).


The Kumihimo is a technique born in Japan. That is the interlacement of threads of silk, of wool or of cotton to realize round, flat and triangular structures. They used it for: decoration of the arms of Samurai, the marvelous costume of Japanese theater, the Obijimes (to fix the Obi-belt of female Kimono)    the strings for the religious and artistic parchments.

L’Associazione Italiana  Kumihimo: founded on the 26th May 2008, without commercial purpose in order to diffuse and study the kumihimo and other interlacement.


Printing on the incision of images on wood tablets. Among the known works there is the Ukiyo-e of Sharaku, Hiroshige and Hokusai. It has been taught on the fourth year of elementary school in Japan.

Miho Ikeda - Engraver
She is born in 1978 in Tsukiyono-machi, Gumma in Japan: graduated at the University of Tokyo Gakugei, Faculty of Pedagogy Specialization in Arts in 2001 and graduated in Pedagogy, Specialization in Arts in the same University in 2003, moved to Italy to follow the course of sculpture at the Academy of Belle Arti of Carrara in 2004, where she is graduated in 2009. She held the various Exhibition both in Japan and in Italy and got in 2007 the Japan Illustration Awards Prize 8th. www.ikedamiho.com

Il Kiri-e

Kiri-e is a traditional Japanese art in which the artist realize the images carving a thin sheet of paper overlapping it another sheet of different color. Through the contrast the figures become visible and the result is hardly distinguishable from a painting.
Rina Papadopulu: an artist of Bulgarian origins but resident in Poland. She exhibited her own jobs in the various exhibitions leaving without words even also the Japanese visitors and in the end she became the only foreign member of the association Senga, that gathers the great Japanese teachers of the Kiri-e.
During the Festival, Ms. Papadopulu will present in her space in which she will illustrates her jobs, answer to the questions of the visitors regarding the art of the Kiri-e and show how her works is realized. She will hold also a workshop in which she will teach to the participants how to realize some works using the carving of the paper, giving the explanations one by one about to the technique to adopt. At workshop all the necessary materials will be prepared by Ms. Papadopulu and those people who will participate in the workshop will be able to preserve his own jobs, as a memory of the experience.


The demonstration and a small workshop. The Shodo is the art of the Calligraphy with brush practiced in Japan.  The writing with brush not only expresses the beauty of the calligraphy but it also transmits the spirit of writer. The visitors can try the pleasure to find the serenity in this Shodo participating to the course.
Eri Kitagawa: Graduated to Kyoto College of Art. Knitting Specialist from 89. She realizes and teach creating handicrafts that contains her own spirit. As Shodoka, daughter and student of the teacher Kitagawa Kotei.
Naoko .Sugita:  She began to practice the Shodo from when she was 5 years old at Gakushoin School. She received the first-dan at 9-year-old and the eighth-dan at 17. In 2008 She received the titole of Jun-shihan.

SUSHI with Megumi and the White Shark:

It will showed the   preparation   of  traditional Japanese cooking, a. small course “Prova il MAKI” to learn a typical sushi of roll formwith rice, alga and ingredients as you like.
Megumi: teacher of Japanese cooking courses from 1998 in Massa Carrara and responsible for the Japanese gastronomy in various occasions and cultural demonstrations.
She will show of the preparation of Sushi, traditional Japanese cooking with rice’s base, algas and favorite ingredients.
Lo Squalo Bianco:  The shop of ethnic alimentary of Marina of Carrara that is recently considered the major shop full of the ingredients for the Japanese cuisine.

Kamishibai (traditional storyteller):

Born in the 30s’ as a show for children in the parks. Namely, it is to show the sketches by only one narrator. This form of Kamishibai, even if it is simple, it is very rarely found in the other countries.

Created by Chiseko Galli:
Graduated in illustration at European institute of Design in Rome. After having worked as a illustrator at TCD of Ashiya, Japan, she moved to Italy.
She lives in Viareggio and she holds various courses likea Japanese culture as graphics, language and home-made cooking.
For the occasion of the Festival dell’Oriente, she created an original Kamishibai based on a Japanese traditional history.


In collaboration with the Ryokan Wabisabiculture, we created the space to introduce the ryokan style (Japanese traditional lodging with the traditional bathtub) together with tasting of the bio – Japanese sencha.
There will be also handmaded articles:  the moons lanterns in paper washi and essences, lavender’s pouches in silk, shopper in tie silk, diffusers for bio-aroma therapy environment and essential oil, Japanese green bio-tea and accessories.


Ori=folding, Kami=paper.

The origami is the arts of folding the colored papers. By folding papers simply you can create various object like flowers, animals and others


Bon Odori

(popular traditional dance):

Bon = the 15th July of Chinese calender when the ancestors return to make a visit to the family according to the Japanese customs. Odori = dance. The popular dances practiced during the Obon period. Originally the dances welcomed the spirit of the ancestors. Its forms and music vary according to the zone. At the Festival the group of Associazione Culturale Izumì will exhibit the original version of Kawachi-ondo. The movements are so simple and repetitive that the visitors can learn together and unite to the Japanese tradition.


Kitsuke (dressing) Yukata:

The Yukata is the traditional Kimono of cotton. For its simplicity and the facility of the use, it is used still now in summer in Japan.
The adults and the children can try to make themselves dress the Yukatas of various colors and to make to be photographed in front of the small Japanese garden.



a small garden.

Tsubo = the measure of the surface which corrisponds to 2 tatami carpet. Niwa =garden.

Created normally in the internal space of the building to create open space with sunshine.