April 2-9, 2017
Celebrate Japan in Nashville with a week of events leading up to the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on April 8th!
Join the expert Japanese instructors at the Tennessee Foreign Language institute for two language workshops, suitable for Japanese learners at all levels! These workshops are free to attend and all guests will need to bring a photo ID to enter the building.
From 1:00 – 2:00pm, join a beginner’s Japanese lesson, meant for those who have no experience learning Japanese at all!
From 2-3:30pm, learn the basics of Japanese kanji character writing, practice the stroke order, and create and take home a piece of calligraphy art!
From 3:30-5pm, Learn how to type Japanese on electronic devices - learn tips and tricks of using a computer or phone to enhance your Japanese learning experience!
Location: Tennessee Foreign Language Institute, 220 French Landing Dr, Nashville, TN 37243
For more information on this event, please visit TFLI’s website or the Facebook event page.
Tuesday, April 4thCheekwood’s Tuesdays for Tots
Art adventures abound as toddlers take over Cheekwood every Tuesday morning! Join us for this special, Japan-themed Tuesday for Tots - the program will feature drop-in Japanese-themed crafts, special story times, and a scavenger hunt in the Japanese garden. Admission cost or Cheekwood membership is required.
Location: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville, TN 37205
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
For more information on Tuesdays for Tots, please visit Cheekwood’s website.
Wednesday, April 5thUS-Japan Relations Panel Discussion followed by ‘Tokyo!’ Film Screening
Experts from the Tennessee World Affairs Council, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt University will join a panel discussion on the topic of US-Japan Relations: Culture, Business, Security – Bonds Across Many Sectors. The panel talk will be followed by brief refreshments, leading into a film screening and discussion of the 2008 film “Tokyo!”.
Location: Belmont University, Janet Ayers Academic Center, Room 4094 (Campus Map)
Time: 5:00 PM – Panel Discussion
6:00 PM – Reception
7:00 PM – Film Screening – “Tokyo!”
For more information, please visit the Tennessee World Affairs Council event website.
Thursday, April 6thJAST-YP Blossoms and Brews Happy Hour
Join the Japan-America Society of Tennessee’s Young Professionals (JASTYP) group for a special "Blossoms & Brews" Tomodachi Kai happy hour! Enjoy the fully stocked bar and legendary barbecue at Edley's from their gorgeous patio, which boasts a perfect view of nearby cherry blossom trees.
Location: Edley’s Bar-B-Que Sylvan Park, 4500 Murphy Rd Nashville, TN 37209
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.
Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9thNashville Japanese Film Festival
Returning for its fourth year, the Nashville Japanese Film Festival celebrates Japanese culture through cinematic expression. This year’s festival features five animated and live action films spanning anime, documentary, and dramatic formats from powerhouse directors and producers. All films are free to attend.
Location: Watkins College of Art, Design & Film – 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
For more information on films, tickets, and schedule, please visit the Nashville Japanese Film Festival’s website.
Saturday, April 8thThe Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
The 9th Annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a free to the public, family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture!
Location: Public Square Park at the Metro Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201
Time: Cherry Blossom Walk – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
For more information, please visit the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival website.
Sunday, April 9thSushi Academy Nashville
The Sushi Academy of Knoxville is making a special trip for their first ever classes in Nashville! Learn the skills needed to make sushi at home, including making sushi rice, choosing your ingredients, proper rolling technique, decorating a beautiful platter, and more about Japan’s rich food culture. Cost is $55 per person and space is limited, so be sure to reserve your place soon!
All proceeds from this class go towards funds for organizing the Knoxville Asian Festival. All Knoxville Asian Festival proceeds go toward creating K-12 outreach educational programs.
Location: Atmalogy, 2320 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Time: 3 classes are available: 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm
For more information or to reserve your place in a class, please visit Sushi Academy’s website.
For more information on any Nashville Japan Week event, please email email@example.com.