Brighton Japan Festival Returns This Month


Now in its fifth fantastic year, Brighton Japan Festival 2013 marks the return of the UK’s largest annual celebration of Japanese culture! The brainchild of Brighton’s premier Japanese restaurant, Moshimo, the ever-growing festival promises this will be a record-breaking year. Quadrupling in size for 2013, the Brighton Japan Festival has announced its new home in the heart of Brighton’s bustling seaside scene: the Old Steine gardens.

Over a week of events celebrating Japanese arts, film, theatre, performance and culture will run from 13th-22nd September, cementing Brighton Japan as the benchmark for Japanese festivals in the UK. Running alongside the London-centric Japan400 celebrations, which commemorate 400 years since the start of diplomatic, trading, scientific and cultural relations between Britain and Japan, Brighton Japan 2013 will be the year to enjoy one of Brighton’s most internationally recognisable, landmark events.

Attractions include:

  • Studio Ghibli event
  • Gaming nights
  • Japanese Horror Night
  • Martial arts and Dojo competition
  • Anime Day
  • High Culture Supper Club
  • Japanese Whisky Tasting
  • Cosplay fashion displays
  • Japanese Music nights


Nicholas Röhl – festival director – commented: “Each year, Brighton Japan has grown exponentially. From a single day event six years ago, it expanded last year to a full ten-day festival encompassing some of the most prestigious venues Brighton has to offer, and featured two massive weekend street festivals which attracted tens of thousands of visitors. The festival will stage as wild and eclectic a programme of events as people have come to expect from Brighton Japan, however, 2013 see the introduction of an exciting new dimension to the festival in the form of motorsport, martial arts and Dojo amongst many others!”

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