THE SIGHTS, sounds and scents of Japan swept into Leamington at the weekend.
Scores of visitors flocked to The Royal Pump Rooms to enjoy the town’s inaugural Japanese Festival, organised by resident Milagros Kuga.
Guests were served up smorgasbord of cultural activities – from traditional tea ceremonies and lively spectacles of drummers and theatre performances, to traditional crafts including Saori (hand weaving) and Origami.
And of course, no festival would be complete without food aplenty. Authentic dishes from vegan curries to tapas and sweet treats to Savory brown rice and homebred Trout (Masu) tickled tastebuds, washed down by saké-based cocktail Shima.
An exhibition of origami from children at Milverton Primary School was also unveiled – called ‘Mottainai’ which means reduce, reuse and recycle. It was created with help from the festival’s creative team using recycled paper from the school.
All pictures by Marcus Mingins. Copyright Bullivant Media.